Many are wondering if the coronavirus pandemic is going to end by summer, and by extension if summer travel is even a possibility. Experts are now commenting on the possibility of summer vacations being plausible in the coming months. Currently, the US more the 432, 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14,808 deaths. National social distancing guidelines are running through at least April 30, with many states issuing their own Stay at Home orders.
On CBS This Morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked if he could predict America back at a typical summer, full of vacations, baseball, weddings and family gatherings. “It can be in the cards,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CBS.
Fauci emphasized that the US had to prepare for another round of new cases when restrictions could be relaxed and that the transition would differ by region.
“And I say that with some caution, because as I said, when we do that, when we pull back and try to open up the country, as we often use that terminology, we have to be prepared that when the infections start to rear their heads again that we have it in place a very aggressive and effective way to identify, isolate, contract trace and make sure we don’t have those spikes we have now. So the answer to your question is yes, if we do the things that we need to do to prevent the resurgence.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, CBS This Morning
So, for those who are asking if they can still plan a summer vacation – the answer is yes. However, do be cautioned that the return to “normal” is going to be gradual.
Listen to Fauci’s full statement below:
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