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Dr. Fauci says normalcy may not return until next year

The return to normalcy following the Covid-19 pandemic could come within a year, but people need to tamp down their expectations for typical summer travel and activities, Dr. Anthony Fauci told British newspaper The Telegraph.

The latest time frame comes on the heels of a week that saw the national case count cross 2 million. Cases have increased in 18 states over the past week, with six states reporting more than a 50% jump. This has led some government and health officials to hit pause on reopening efforts.

More than 115,000 people have died in the United States as of Monday afternoon, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

“It’s going to be really wait and see,” Fauci told the newspaper in an article published Sunday. “My feeling, looking at what’s going on with the infection rate, I think it’s more likely measured in months rather than weeks,” he said referring to the timeline for rolling back restrictions.

Fauci said Friday that the large increase in cases wasn’t necessarily a “second spike,” adding that a “second wave” anticipated in the fall could be avoided if upticks like those seen this week are properly managed.

“It is not inevitable that you will have a so-called ‘second wave’ in the fall or even a massive increase if you approach it in the proper way,” Fauci said. “However, when you start to see increases in hospitalization, that’s a surefire situation that you’ve got to pay close attention to.”

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