Dr. Anthony Fauci said that, while the coronavirus will not simply "disappear" this fall, he hopes the threat of a possible second wave can be mitigated by aggressive testing efforts and health-care preparedness.
Sen. Bernie Sanders asked Fauci, who sits on the White House coronavirus task force, this:
"Are we fearful that if we don't get our act together, as bad as the situation is now, it could become worse in the fall or winter?"
Fauci said he believes "that possibility does exist."
"And the reason I say that is when you talk about 'will this virus just disappear' — and as I've said publicly many times, that is just not going to happen because it's such a highly transmissible virus," Fauci said. "And even if we get better control over the next several months, it's likely there will be the virus somewhere on this planet that will eventually get back to us."
He added that it's "entirely conceivable and possible" that a second wave will happen this fall.
"I would hope that between now and then, given the capability of doing the testing that you heard from Admiral [Brett] Giroir and the ability of us to stock up on personal protective equipment and the work force that the CDC under Dr. [Robert] Redfield will be putting forth to be able to identify, isolate and contact trace — I hope that if we do have the threat of a second wave, we will be able to deal with it very effectively to prevent it from becoming an outbreak," Fauci added.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Dr. Fauci: