In a country where coronavirus cases are declining nationwide, many states are reopening, with schools in session and dining out on the rise. One problem: cases are also rising in many cities, as deaths nationwide edge toward 200,000, and experts warn of a second wave. It begs the question: When will America get back to normal? Read on to find out when, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Likely Not Going to Happen Until the "End of 2021"
Things won't return "back to normal" until there is a "safe and effective vaccine," believes Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and key member of the Coronavirus Task Force. "I believe that we will have a vaccine that will be available by the end of this year, the beginning of next year," he explained during an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Friday. However, that doesn't mean life will go back to normal then. "By the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccinations, and you get the majority, or more, of the population vaccinated and protected, that's likely not going to happen to the mid or end of 2021," he said. It will take even longer for life to really get back to pre-pandemic standards. "If you're talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it's going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021," he said.
When You Can Go to the Movies Again—Without Risk
More specifically, when can we resume going to the movies again? "Well, that's something I really am craving and would like to do myself," Fauci admitted when asked about it by Jennifer Garner—yes, that Jennifer Garner, the actress. "I think it's going to be a combination of a vaccine that has been around for almost a year and good public health measures. I would think by the time we get to the end of 2021, it may be even the middle of 2021. I mean, if we get a vaccine, Jennifer, that's a knockout vaccine, that's 85, 90% effective—I don't think we'll get that, I'll settle for 70% effective—but if we get a really good vaccine and just about everybody gets vaccinated, you'll have a degree of immunity in the general community that I think you could walk into a theater without a mask and feel like it's comfortable that you're not going to be at risk."
Enjoy your city as it slowly reopens but stay safe by following the proper guidelines so you can prevent the spread of coronavirus. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.