(Right Country) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, who for some reason was a darling of the left in the early days of the coronavirus lockdown, continues to advocate for a position on lockdown and restrictions that surely makes them regret their adoration of him.
Now, he has declared that New Jersey has made enough progress to “competently” re-open schools and businesses.
Speaking with Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday, Fauci shared some steps that the state should be taking to do just this.
Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and he has worked with — and often clashed with — the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force.
Fauci said New Jersey’s baseline of cases and community spread — despite getting “hit really very badly” in March and April — is so low that the state’s situation is “positioning you well to do a number of things.”
New Jersey’s daily case number has hovered in the 400-500 range, but Fauci noted that the number is small compared with the rest of the country that, in total, is seeing 35,000 to 40,000 new cases a day (see New Jersey’s daily case numbers since March below).
“Even as we face the challenge of the fall and winter, you’re positioned to do two things: to continue to gradually, carefully and prudently open your economy in a careful way, (and) at the same time, to avoid the challenging difficulty of what happens when a lot of things go indoors versus outdoors,” Fauci said.
Fauci said his office has color designations for areas of the country — with red and orange indicating that states are in rough shape, and dark green meaning they’re good shape. He said New Jersey is dark green because its rate of positive cases, based on testing, is lower than 3 percent.
Interestingly, Fauci also said that, unlike other states, New Jersey should be well-equipped to withstand a second wave of the virus.
This should definitely pour cold water on any leftists who are hoping to leverage the virus for political purposes ahead of the November election.
Fauci noted that the infection rate in the Garden State has sunk to around 1.1 and should be able to cope with potential case increases and hospitalizations.
So, what about the United States as a whole?
We should, Fauci says, be able to “get back to normal” until vaccines are available to everyone in the US, which he doesn’t think will happen until the end of next year.
If even then.
He said he’d be content if the whole of the U.S. had a 75-80% vaccination rate by the end of 2021.
“When we end it, then you can get back to your normal life, but we’ve got to end it first,” Fauci said.