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When it comes to daily COVID-19 cases, the US is experiencing "the worst that we've ever had," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday during an interview with Yahoo Finance. The country hit new daily peaks on Friday and Saturday, with reports of more than 80,000 new cases per day.
"Now we're at the highest baseline we've ever been, which is really precarious," said the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the nation's top expert on the COVID-19 pandemic. "No matter how you look at it, it's not good news."
In September, Fauci warned Americans that they would need to "hunker down and get through this fall and winter," or else play a game of whack-a-mole with the virus, as blips and outbreaks pop up. Since the weather has turned colder, new COVID-19 cases have been record-breaking. New COVID-19 cases clocked in at 82,929 on Friday and 83,851 on Saturday, breaking the previous record of 74,818 set in July, according to the CDC.
"Luckily, despite the fact that we are dealing with a very very challenging period right now, even more so as we enter the cooler months of the fall and the colder months of the winter, that vaccines are proceeding at a very good pace," Fauci said on Monday.
Results from vaccine trials will be available at the end of November or beginning of December, Fauci said. And last week, Gilead's remdesivir was approved for use on COVID-19 patients.
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