Dr. Anthony Fauci: Beaches and baseball games ‘can be in the cards’ this summer if social distancing continues

"We've got to continue in many respects to redouble our efforts."

Dr. Anthony Fauci.

As projections of the coronavirus pandemic’s death toll trend downward, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Americans to not give up on measures of social distancing and isolation that have helped to slow the spread of the virus, in hopes of returning to normal this summer.

“We are doing a very good job on mitigation, on physical separation, the adherence to the guidelines,” he said, appearing on CBS This Morning on Thursday. “That’s good news but the thing we have to be careful of, that we don’t then take that good news to think that we might be able to pull back a bit.

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“We’ve got to continue in many respects to redouble our efforts at the mitigation of physical separation in order to keep those numbers down, and hopefully even get them lower than what you’ve heard recently.”

A model published by The White House originally projected between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the United States would die from COVID-19, but on Monday, suggested 60,400 deaths by August, with a peak on April 12.

Fauci told Tony Dokoupil that the population in many areas may be able to enjoy a normal summer, if these measures continue and the public helps to “prevent the resurgence” of COVID-19.

“It can be in the cards,” Fauci said. “We have to be prepared that when the infections start to rear their heads again, that we have in place a very aggressive and effective way to identify, isolate, contact, trace, and make sure that we don’t have those spikes that we see now.”

As of Wednesday, there were 16,790 cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, with 433 deaths and 87,511 tests administered.



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