Dr. Anthony Fauci has a prediction brewing for COVID-19 — too much circulating virus could lead to another wave of infections.

Fauci told Fox News Sunday that COVID-19 numbers are getting better — there are less cases, hospitalizations and deaths as of late.

  • But Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said numbers could go back up if vaccination rates don’t increase.
  • “If we don’t do very well in that regard, there’s always the danger that there will be enough circulating virus that you can have a stalling of the diminishing of the number of cases and when that happens, as we’ve seen in the past with other waves that we’ve been through, there’s the danger of resurgence,” Fauci said.
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Per CNN, there are about 85,000 coronavirus infections in the U.S. per day right now, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That’s 8,000 less per day from the week before. Deaths have dropped by close to 200 per day, too.

Earlier in October, Fauci told Bloomberg there was a risk of another coronavirus variant popping up since cases appear to be dipping so much. sure, cases are dipping. But there might be too many cases out there.

  • “As long as you have virus freely circulating in the environment in society, jumping from person to person, that virus, by the fact that it continually replicates, gives itself ample opportunity to mutate,” Fauci said. “And when you give it ample opportunity to mutate, sooner or later you will get an accumulation of mutations that will lead to another variant. So that’s the reason why we say, the best way to prevent the future emergence of variants that might be problematic. The best way to do that is the don’t give the virus the opportunity to freely spread.”
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But Fauci told Fox News Sunday that he doesn’t expect to see another wave of coronavirus infections, especially with more vaccinations.

  • “It’s going to be within our capability to prevent that from happening,” Fauci said. “The degree to which we continue to come down in that slope will depend on how well we do about getting more people vaccinated.”
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