One of the few voices I trust in the national conversation about coronavirus belongs to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Today, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reminded Americans that we are NOT prepared to handle the increase in coronavirus cases.
“We’re going into a precarious situation,” Fauci said. Cold weather is forcing people indoors, cases are going up in all age groups, and holidays are likely to bring people together in groups — a combination he called “a bad recipe for a tough time ahead.”
Dr. Fauci believes a nationwide mask-wearing mandate is required, especially as that colder weather moves outdoor events, where there was at least some potential for social distancing, indoors. Gatherings indoors make extending the distances between people more challenging. This news comes as Americans acknowledge “pandemic fatigue.”
Flu season is knocking on the front door. Another round of coronavirus cases are, too. The leaders of Germany and France already have announced nationwide lockdowns.
America remains tragically divided on coronavirus. There’s no reason to expect President Trump would advocate for such a lockdown — and who knows how reckless he might become if he loses next week’s election — but even if he would agree to such a lockdown, how many Americans would actually comply?
Sadly, we’re going to read day after day about more deaths and more hospitalizations throughout the U.S. from coronavirus. We’re simply not ready to do what it takes — and many people are in situations in which they can’t — to ward of the pandemic.