Dr. Fauci Says America Doesn't Need 'Complete Lockdown'
As coronavirus cases and deaths rise countrywide, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, went on Fox News' America's Newsroom to discuss how to stop COVID-19. He did so on a day when 150 medical professionals wrote an open letter urging authorities to "shut down" again and restart. Click through to see what Dr. Fauci advises about how to best live through this pandemic.
On Whether He'd Support Shutting Everything in America Down
"I don't think it's necessary to do that. It might come to that, but right now, I think if you look at what's going on in some of the Southern states, having the resurging of cases, you can put a pause on what you're doing, or even maybe take a step back. Let me give you an example. If certain of the states or cities are in phase two of the guidelines of opening America, again, you might want to either pause or go back to phase one—or if you're in phase one, go back to the gateway component of the guideline. So I'm not so sure you need to, all of a sudden, everybody go back to a complete lockdown. You know, it could come to that. You always gotta leave it on the table, but I think we can probably get around what we're doing now and put a lid on it and stop this by just being a bit more cautious."
On What You Could Be Doing to Stop COVID-19
"There are some fundamental things that everyone can do in every state and every city. And we've been speaking about them, things like continual wearing of masks, everybody wear a mask, avoid crowded places, stay social distancing, close the bars, wash your hands and other hand hygiene. If we just do that, I believe we can have a major step in the direction that we want to go."
On Why He Didn't Tell Us to Cover Our Faces Back in March
"Well, I think we would have been somewhat better off if people were continually wearing masks back then, but you can always second guess yourself and say what could have been, or what should have been done at the time when we were told that there is a serious diminution in the availability of PPEs for the people who really need them back then, and also back then, we didn't fully realize how in how significant the amount of asymptomatic infection was. And importantly, the fact that people who were asymptomatic or presymptomatic could transmit the virus, something we know for sure occurs right now. So the situation was different."
On Whether Mother Nature Will Win in the End
"I don't think so—I think that we can address this and so-called confront this virus by doing the kinds of public health things that we do. If we can keep the virus at bay until we get a vaccine, [and] I feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine in a reasonable time likely by the end of this year, in the beginning of 2021, you know, on Monday, a candidate is going into phase three trial, which is to determine efficacy, which is really good news. I think if as a global community, including obviously us here in the United States, if we can do the kind of public health measures to keep the viral outbreak at a very low baseline level, I don't think we're going to eradicate it. I think it's just so easily transmissible that I don't think that that could happen, but we certainly can control it better than we're doing. And if we can do that at the global level, when we get a vaccine, I think we could really stop it dead in its tracks."
How to Avoid COVID-19 Where You Are
Follow Dr. Fauci's advice: To stay healthy, wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have COVID-19, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.