Fauci says US may not return to 'normal' until end of 2021

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Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts the United States will not make a return to normalcy for at least another year.

During a teleconference interview for the University of Melbourne, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that reopening the country to the way it was before the coronavirus pandemic will be a “gradual process” that may mean limited activity for the next year.

“I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps even into the next year before we start having some semblances of normality,” Fauci said. The health expert defined “normal” as members of the public being able to attend movie theaters without fear of being infected with the virus and restaurants being able to open at 100% capacity.

“I think one of the things that will be clear is that our sensitivity to the potential, devastating effects of a pandemic will be extraordinarily heightened,” Fauci continued. “I don’t think that we will have the normal way of interacting with each other, particularly in the sense of wearing masks, which I think will become very commonplace as it is in many countries in Asia even outside the context of a pandemic outbreak.”

Fauci told the public that if they want to go to the theater to watch a movie in 2021, they should expect to wear a mask.

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More than 8,781,000 million in the U.S. have contracted the coronavirus, according to the latest reading from Johns Hopkins University. Of those infected, over 226,700 have died, and 3.48 million have recovered.

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