Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, testified before Congress today.
“My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks.”
He said we should be careful about reopening schools. “We have to take it on a step-by-step basis, as we get into the fall with reopening the schools, exactly where we are with the outbreak.”
He cautioned against assuming children are in no danger. “I think we’d better be careful that we are not cavalier with children, thinking they’re completely immune to the deleterious effects.”
He said testing must be in place before reopening. “When you are in the process of opening up, you really must have in place the capability of responding when you have the inevitable upticks in cases. If you do not do an adequate response, we will have the deleterious consequence of more infections and more deaths.”
And yes, a vaccine is likely imminent. “This virus induces an immune response, and the overwhelming majority of people recover. The very fact that the body is capable of spontaneously clearing the virus tells me that, at least from a conceptual standpoint, we can stimulate the body with a vaccine that will induce a similar response. So although there is no guarantee, I think it is clearly more likely than not.”