Photo Credit: WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 09: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci listens during the daily coronavirus briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 09, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. unemployment claims have approached 17 million over the past three weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Dr. Fauci Speculates Americans Could Possibly Take Vacations This Summer, But With Caution
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS on Thursday that summer vacations “can be in the cards” if mitigation efforts continue across the country to stop the spread of coronavirus.
During an interview with CBS This Morning, he was asked about the future of summer and if family reunions, weddings, sporting events, and vacations will be doable.
“It can be in the cards,” he said.
But he said it with caution.
“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,” he said. “So, the answer to your question is yes, if we do the things that we need to do to prevent the resurgence.”
If anything was made clear by Fauci during his television interview, it’s that getting back to normal will be gradual and depends on where people live in the country.
“The bottom line of it all is, that what we see looking forward, it is very likely that we will progress towards the steps towards normalization as we get to the end of these thirty days. And I think that’s going to be a good time to look and see how quickly can we make that move to try and normalize. But hopefully, and hopefully, by the time we get to the summer we will have taken many steps in that direction,” he added.
Americans Will Likely Drive Than Fly
While recent data from The Harris poll suggests that Americans are eager to travel, the study revealed that people are not ready to fly.
While 40 percent of respondents said they would be willing to stay in a hotel at least three months from the curve flattening, only 31 percent said they are willing to fly.