Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC that the United States would never have zero new daily Covid cases on Monday. Instead, they will continue to exist in the population of the United States. For example, seasonal flu is an endemic respiratory infection. Gottlieb’s remarks come as fears grow about the Covid delta version, which was first detected in India and is currently creating havoc in the United Kingdom. In addition, it has begun to spread in the United States, posing a threat to the country’s hard-won achievement in reducing virus prevalence through mass vaccinations and other public-health measures.
On CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Gottlieb warned that while the delta variant’s spread will continue in the United States, the response to new cases there may differ from that in other areas of the world. As an example, he cited Israel. That country, which received praise for its vaccine deployment, recently reintroduced its indoor mask requirement less than two weeks after it was initially lifted.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the highest single day of infections in the United States occurred on January 2. On January 12, there were 4,475 Covid fatalities in the United States.