Dr. Fauci Warns "A Lot of People Are Dying From This"
With all the gruesome coronavirus numbers in America—10 million cases total, and more than 100,000 cases a day—some are taking solace in the fact that the death rate isn't as high as it once was. One study in New York, for example, found "fewer New Yorkers are dying from the coronavirus than health experts had anticipated," according to NYU Langone. "Regional death rates have dropped from the highs seen at the start of the outbreak, partially due to a shift in the population contracting the disease toward those who are more resilient," as well as new medications and doctors who are more familiar with COVID-19 now than in the Spring.
Good news? Indeed. But it's not the whole story. More than 1,000 people are dying on average every day these days. In an interview during the Financial Times' Global Boardroom Conference, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shared his concern about the risks we are all facing. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Says "a Lot of People are Dying From This"
Hannah Kuchler, US Pharma and Biotech Correspondent for the Financial Times, asked Fauci about the falling death rate. "Well, you know, the death rate may be falling," he said. "When you look at the number of people who get into a hospital who ultimately die, and there are multiple reasons for that: We're much better. I mean, I've known I've been through multiple outbreaks, including the early years of HIV. When we didn't have any antiviral drug after a while, you just get better and better at treating it. And now healthcare providers are better. Also, we have things we didn't have early on. We have dexamethasone for people who were on ventilators in the hospital. We have other things that we do late in the course of disease that may decrease the death rate."
"But be careful," he warned, "because we're still getting over a thousand deaths per day in the United States. So even though the rate may be down, a lot of people are dying from this."
Dr. Fauci Warned Coronavirus is Spreading at an Alarming Rate
Kuchler asked Fauci how he felt about the surge across America—and if any state was doing well. "I don't want to be pitting one against the other saying one's doing it well," he said diplomatically, "and one is not. We have areas of the country that are doing better than others, but that may be due to the special geographic and other aspects of it. You know, one of the things about the United States, why it's so complicated to make a uni-dimensional statement about the United States, you have Vermont in the woods where it's a beautiful place to be, if you haven't visited there, but it's entirely different than downtown New York City or downtown Los Angeles, you have New Orleans. That's very different from Casper, Wyoming. So it's sometimes difficult to make a one-to-one face-to-face comparisons."
However, Fauci has reminded audiences that where cases go up, so will deaths. "What I would hope is that the projection of the models, as scary as they seem, might be an incentive for all of us globally to realize that we have to double down and uniformly do the fundamental things that are not that difficult to do, but we are not necessarily doing them uniformly, certainly not in the United States," Fauci told Kuchler. "And I hope that what we're seeing now triggers that it's the uniform and universal wearing of mass keeping distance, avoiding crowds, doing things outdoors, much more than indoors, avoid congregate settings, especially indoors." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.