Restaurants and bars are starting to open, people are going back to work, and schools are reopening. Without anymore information it seems like life is beginning to go back to normal, but experts say that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over. Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, anticipate a spike in cases in the fall and winter. In the beginning of the pandemic a large majority of the country was under lockdown and the curve was starting to flatten. Many people believed this would be the end of the virus, but naturally as restrictions loosened cases rose again. We are still in the first “spike” of the pandemic, and since schools are reopening and most lockdown orders are fully lifted the second spike in the fall could be even worse than the first. Experts such as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Ali Khan, the former director of the CDC’s public health preparedness office say that the nation is headed for another full lockdown, but it can be avoided if certain conditions are followed. States must test for Covid-19 effectively followed by contact tracing, and people must make wearing a mask and social distancing part of daily life. Even with these restrictions we will not be completely rid of Covid-19 for a long time. There is already an increase in transmission among children resulting from schools reopening and the upcoming flu season will make it much harder to deal with. Following the guidance from the CDC and other experts is crucial in limiting the effect of Covid-19 in the future and preventing further lockdowns.
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