White House infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is desperately attempting to end any Hope’s that the pandemic will be over shortly, declaring his skepticism regarding America’s return to normal life by claiming we won’t be “completely normal” a year from now.
“I don’t think we’re going to be completely normal a year from now,” Fauci reported at a University of Edinburgh organized event this week. “But I hope we’re well on the way to normality so that we can ultimately get the world protected at the same time as we get economic recovery so that all the unintended consequences of shutting down begin to normalize, including other health issues that have arisen because of the shutdown.”
The report contradicts President Joe Biden’s statement this week that America would mostly be back to normal by next March. Biden noted Tuesday, “But my hope is by this time next year, we’re going to be back to normal and before that. I hope.”
Fauci’s concern relates to the spread of new variants. He noted, “Sooner or later, the variants, the new lineages the mutants will come back and rekindle the outbreak, even in countries that seem to have it under control.”
However, Fauci also recognized the problem of reopening too slowly. Both mental health issues and economic declines have increased as lockdowns have extended for more than a year.
Not everyone agrees with the doctor’s advice. This week, both Texas and Mississippi rolled back restrictions, ending mask mandates. All businesses have been allowed to reopen.
South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem has also received attention for last week’s CPAC statement, “Dr. Fauci is wrong a lot.” She referenced his often-changing information regarding COVID-19.
With increased administration of vaccines and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations, Americans expect to return to normal life sooner rather than later. As spring break arrives, many are also making travel plans to open states like sunny Florida.
Fauci may continue to claim America won’t be completely normal a year from now, but people are moving on despite his advice. For many, they are returning to normal life now, regardless of what the doctor orders.