Virus fatigue is risk as U.S. heads into fall, ex-FDA head says

Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb is warning the country to prepare for a period of "pandemic fatigue" when colder weather settles in and people begin spending more time indoors.

Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb is warning the country to prepare for a period of "pandemic fatigue" when colder weather settles in and people begin spending more time indoors. During an appearance Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," he noted that seasonal conditions will be ripe for the spread of infectious diseases but that a COVID-19 vaccine probably will not be ready for widespread use this year. “People are exhausted. People have been social distancing and wearing masks and staying home for a long period of time right now," said Gottlieb, who left FDA in April of last year. “People’s willingness to comply with the simple things that we know can reduce spread is going to start to fray. And that’s another challenge -- trying to keep up our vigilance at a time when we know that this can spread more aggressively.” Based on current transmission rates, he projected that more than 20% of the U.S. population could be infected with COVID-19 by the close of 2020.