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US hits highest 7-day average of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began

October 26, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

University of Washington research coordinator Rhoshni Prabhu holds up a swab after testing a passenger at a free COVID testing site Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Seattle. The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to Idaho reel under the surge. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The latest surge of Covid-19 infections has brought the seven-day average of new daily cases to heights not seen since the pandemic began.

Though cases are surging across the country, Gottlieb said things are going to start looking worse over the next two or three weeks.

A national mask mandate could be a way of getting the virus under control, Gottlieb wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal.

"A mandate can be expressly limited to the next two months," Gottlieb wrote, adding that it's easier to wear a mask in the winter than the summer.

"If people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday.

"We will know whether a vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November, beginning of December," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told the BBC on Sunday.

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said Friday that while he's "cautiously optimistic" about the US having a vaccine authorized by the end of the year, he said it "might not happen and it might take longer. "

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