NBC News
The United States will need to bring its daily coronavirus case count down to 10,000 by September to gain some level of control over the pandemic before fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said Monday. The country continues to log 50,000 to 60,000 new cases a day, suggesting it is "right in the middle of the first wave," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a livestream with the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Howard Bauchner. "If we don't get them down, then we're going to have a really bad situation in the fall," Fauci said. The prediction is based on two factors: the expected flu season, which sickens thousands of people in the U.S. each year, and cooler weather, forcing people indoors.