BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Americans better get used to wearing masks and practicing social distancing for another year, Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a virtual discussion with Maryland doctors Thursday.
Fauci’s comments came during a 30-minute discussion between Fauci and GBMC HealthCare System President and CEO John Chessare marking the health system’s 55th anniversary.
“Let’s assume its 75% of the population protected either from already being infected and/or having a vaccine.
Fauci also said after a year, things could be “close to normal,” assuming there’s a cycle of people getting vaccinated and the vaccine is effective.
The public assuming they can do whatever they want once a vaccine hits the market would be “very dangerous,” Fauci stressed.
Based on current projections, vaccines could be available to vaccine high-risk populations and health care workers in late 2020, with more quantities being available into 2021.
“Bottom line: we could begin vaccinating people before the end of this calendar year,” Fauci said. »