The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been outspoken in recent weeks about the prolonged dangers the virus poses to the country.
Speaking in an interview with The Economic Club of Washington, D.C, Dr Fauci said that it was “inevitable” it was going to come back and that it might never fully dissipate.
According to CNBC, Fauci said: “In my mind, it’s inevitable that we will have a return of the virus, or maybe even that it never went away.”
He added that the virus is “not going to disappear from the planet.”
He did say that he was “cautiously optimistic” that researchers would come up with a vaccine but he did not say how quickly he thinks they will be able to achieve it.
Treatments that have been studied so far include commonly available heartburn and malaria drugs.
Hydroxychloroquine, the malaria medication, has been warned against usage for COVID-19 patients after studies revealed several reports of abnormal heart rhythms and heart rates in patients.
Whereas doctors at Northwell Health in New York want to know if a common, inexpensive heartburn drug could offer a treatment for COVID-19 after Chinese studies showed that elderly patients who took famotidine had higher survivability.
Dr Fauci has also previously said he does not think a vaccine will be created for at least a year.
His warnings come after parts of the US begin to reopen businesses in a bid to save the economy.
Dr Fauci said: “A rebound (could) get us right back in the same boat that we were in a few weeks ago.”
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Dr Fauci has been at odds with US President Donald Trump over the governments approach to the coronavirus response.
Contrary to Fauci’s warnings, President Trump believes that the virus will be largely cleared by the end of the year.
He said: “I think what happens is it’s going to go away.
“This is going to go.
“And whether it comes back in a modified form in the fall, we’ll be able to handle it.
“We’ll be able to put out spurts, and we’re very prepared to handle it.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, the US has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases world wide, with 1,026,440.
The US’ death toll has also reached 58,059.
In New York, the worst of the US, there have been more than 23,144 deaths.
Lockdown there will remain in place for the whole state until May 15 and even longer for New York City, the epicentre of the pandemic.
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