Fauci Doesn't Expect Lockdowns Amid Delta Variant Outbreak

Headline Roundup August 1st, 2021

Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he doesn't "think we're going to see lockdowns" to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amid the spread of the Delta variant.  While the health official believes that an adequate percentage of Americans have been vaccinated to avoid lockdowns, he warned that "things will get worse" in the coming months. "Not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter," he said. The 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. was at 79,763 on Sunday, over a 500% increase from the month before.

Some headlines highlighted Fauci's comments that dismissed the idea of another lockdown; others ran with the health official's warning that the country’s latest COVID-19 surge is going to get worse. The majority of outlets seemed to agree that most of the new infections are coming from unvaccinated people. Editor's Note: This summary was updated at 12:46 p.m. on 8/2/21 for clarity. Our original summary insinuated that there had been a national lockdown, when that was not the case.

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The United States will not lock down again to curb COVID-19 but "things are going to get worse" as the Delta variant fuels a surge in cases, mostly among the unvaccinated, top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.

A sufficient percentage of Americans have now been vaccinated to avoid lockdowns, Fauci said on ABC's "This Week".

"Not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter," he said.

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The nation's top infectious diseases expert said Sunday he did not expect the U.S. will need to reenter lockdown, as the Delta strain of the coronavirus drives surges in new cases across the country.

"I don't think we're going to see lockdowns," Anthony Fauci said on ABC's "This Week." "I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country, not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter," he added.

Fauci, who...

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Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that more “pain and suffering” is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climb again and officials plead with unvaccinated Americans to get their shots.

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, also said he doesn’t foresee additional lockdowns in the U.S. because he believes enough people are vaccinated to avoid a recurrence of last winter. However, he said not enough are inoculated to “crush the outbreak” at this point.

Fauci’s warning comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course to recommend...

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