Citing numbers from the New York metropolitan area, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN he has "cautious optimism" the nation may be seeing a decrease in the rate of hospital admissions, patients admitted to intensive care and those needing intubation – resulting in the curve of cases decreasing.
Fauci did say the nation is still seeing some hot spots in various locations.
White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx had said Friday officials believed the nation had its peak, but more data was needed to confirm the status.
“If you look at the pattern of the curves in other countries, once you turn that corner, hopefully you’ll see a very sharp decline. And then you start thinking about how we can keep it that way and prevent it from resurging,” Fauci said.
As the President debates when to recommend the guidelines instituted by governors across the nation should be relaxed, Fauci told CNN there has to be a “gradual re-entry” or a “rolling re-entry.”
“You’re trying to balance two things: you wanna make sure you don’t do something prematurely and precipitously, at the same time you pay attention to the need to get back to normal,” he said.
Fauci, the nation’s top infectious expert, added the nation cannot at one time drop the various restrictions put in place or there is an “extraordinary risk” of another major outbreak. He said different parts of the country will have to do it in different ways, partly depending on whether those locations have seen major outbreaks already or are facing future ones.