“We’re entering into the fall and into the winter, and that means there’s going to be more indoor things than outdoor things,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday during the Atlantic Festival. “Going into that situation, I would like to have seen the baseline of where we are — the daily number of infections — come way, way down and not be stuck at around 30- to 40,000 per day.”
Even after all those deaths and 6.9 million confirmed cases, more than 90% of Americans remain susceptible to the virus, said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“CDC is in the process of a very large, sequential study across the entire United States, measuring serology,” Redfield told the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday. “The preliminary results on the first round show that a majority of our nation — more than 90% of the population — remains susceptible.”
“There is going to be a technically reviewed document on this issue coming on the website,” Redfield said. “But the one that was posted on Friday was not technically reviewed, and as a consequence the career scientists at CDC took it down, put up the technically reviewed document, until the new technology review document can be posted.”
Fauci told the committee that we “need to be careful” about what long-term effects Covid-19 might leave with people.
“I think we need to be careful and just watch what happens because one of the possibilities that could develop, is that a) it could clear up, and they have no problem for the rest of their lives,” Fauci said.
“The other things is that they could wind up when you have inflammation, you could have scarring, that could lead to arrhythmias later on, or that could lead to cardiomyopathies,” he explained.
Kentucky and Wisconsin report spikes of cases
The virus, still running unabated in many US communities, is raising new alarm in states such as Kentucky and Wisconsin, which has one of the highest Covid-19 positivity rates in the nation, higher than 16%.
Kentucky reported a spike in its Covid-19 positivity rate after several counties saw a surge in cases.
How students fare amid a pandemic
The university says it has “de-densified” dorms and given every student an individual room, limited indoor gatherings to 10 people and taken several other steps to control infections.
In Vermont, Middlebury College announced 22 students were barred from the school’s campus following “significant Covid-19 conduct violations” over the week.
The students’ punishment includes having their on-campus housing privileges revoked, and they will not be allowed to study, take courses, or visit other students on-campus, Dean of Students Derek Doucet wrote in a statement.
In hopes of stemming further transmission of the virus by welcoming students back in person, many school districts across the country also began the new academic year with virtual instruction.
On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade County school board voted unanimously to reopen school buildings no earlier than October 14. A phased opening will begin that day for students in pre-K, kindergarten and first grades and students with special needs. The district’s reopening will be completed by October 21, two weeks later than what was originally proposed by the superintendent.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct Covid-19’s ranking among causes of death in the US, according to the latest available CDC data. It is currently third.
CNN’s Amanda Watts, Rob Frehse, Giovanna Van Leeuwen, Stephanie Gallman, John Bonifield, Andrea Kane, Denise Royal and Rosa Flores contributed to this report.