Dr. Fauci Says White House Outbreak 'Could Have Been Prevented'
Since COVID-19 started sweeping the country in late winter, there have been a number of large outbreaks starting everywhere from schools and church services to bars and meat packing plants. However, while all of these started similarly—with a person infected with the virus unknowingly spreading it to another—none have garnered the attention of the American people quite like that of the White House outbreak. Since it was first revealed that Hope Hicks, a senior counselor to President Donald Trump, had tested positive for the virus, the number of infections connected continues to climb. As of Tuesday, 34 people have tested positive in the White House outbreak, per Politico. And, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the outbreak could have been prevented altogether. Read on to see if you have the symptoms, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Virus 'is Not a Hoax'
During a Monday seminar at American University, "The Kennedy Political Union Presents," Dr. Fauci admitted his disappointment.
"Just look at the statistics," he says. "I mean, right now 210,000 people have died [in America] and 7.3 million people have been infected globally. There are over 1 million people who have died [worldwide]," he stated.
He then pointed out that the virus "is not a hoax," based on statistics alone. "You can't say that every country in the world—from people who are our allies, to people who are neutral to people who love us—all lying and saying, 'It's a hoax.' It's just not, it's a reality."
He then used Trump's outbreak as an example of how a COVID outbreak can occur.
"Take a look at what happened this week at the White House," he said. "That is a reality right there. And every day that goes by more people are popping up that are infected. It's not a hoax, it's a situation when you see something like that, because that could have been prevented."
How to Avoid COVID-19
During a discussion with students from Holy Cross earlier in the day, he noted the White House infections were likely due to a failure to stick with his fundamentals—specifically social distancing and failure to mask up.
"I should say it was not done according to what I would have recommended," he said. "I mean, what you saw there in the White House, I don't know if you saw that picture from above of everybody crowded together with no masks." As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, stay outdoors more than indoors when with people you're not sheltering with, wear your face mask, social distance, and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.