The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Tuesday that it’s still possible Milwaukee will be able to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention as the nation deals with the coronavirus pandemic.
But Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned “we do not know for sure what the situation will be with summer in Milwaukee.”
The convention was originally scheduled for July 13-16 but was pushed back to the week of Aug. 17 as organizers sought extra time to cope with the pandemic.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed the issue in comments to the Journal Sentinel.
“I think at this time it’s really impossible to predict what the status is going to be then,” Fauci said. “Things looking like they’re leveling off in many cities and you have to remember this is a big country and different cities have different dynamics of outbreaks.
“And everyone is anxious as you well know to try and gradually get back to normal, namely abide by the guidelines that we put out towards getting America open again.
“Where Milwaukee will be at that point in the convention is difficult to predict because If we successfully really suppress the dynamics of this outbreak and Milwaukee is capable of being able to do the kind of identification, isolation and contract tracing that they may be able to do it,” he said.
But Fauci indicated precautions will have to be in place.
“However I think there will almost certainly be some degree of extra care and physical distancing that isn’t completely normal,” he said. “Because I’m sure there will be still the danger lurking of outbreaks. Now the extent to which that will occur is really going to depend on the situation on the ground.”
Fauci said: “If you look at the guidelines they say at any stage, any phase, the guidelines have a gateway that you have to pass at 14 days in a row of diminution in cases followed by a gradual transition from one phase to the next phase to the next phase. It’s going to depend on where Milwaukee is in that multi-phase process of whether or not they’re going to be able to have a convention that is even feasible to pull off because of the status of what infections are.”
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