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COVID-19 Likely Seasonal

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March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 will likely become seasonal, said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the NIH's National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Tracking has revealed that cases are appearing in the southern hemisphere as they go into their winter season. "If they have a substantial outbreak, we need to prepare for a second time. It emphasizes the need to do what we are doing."

It also underscores the need to develop a vaccine and to continue trials of drugs "so we will have a menu of drugs" to treat it, he said.

Deborah Birx, MD, also a member of the task force, said that in hard-hit New York City, the number of new cases have been "pretty constant" over the last 3 days. "Hospital cases will increase because that is a reflection of what happened two weeks ago, before full mitigation efforts were in place."

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White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing, March 26, 2020.

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