‘How Could It Be Trivial If It’s Killed 210,000 In The U.S.?’

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The nation’s top infectious diseases official, Dr Anthony Fauci, suggested at a virtual UC Berkeley event on Thursday that life may start going back to normal around fall 2021—but that hinges on getting a vaccine and adhering to social distancing measures, while he added that masks would likely still be necessary.

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Fauci stressed five public health measures that are key to “preventing the surges we’re seeing”, including wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding large crowds, washing hands often and opting for outdoor activity over indoor.

Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health also called for testing and rapid results as a way to narrow the racial gap which has seen ethnic minority communities disproportionately affected.

Fauci, who has often come up against personal

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