Dr. Fauci Said These COVID Lockdowns to Come
We are now learning that the coronavirus can be deadly—with 280,000 dead and a predicted 250,000 more to come—but also ruthless: Post-COVID Syndrome has left tens of thousands of previously healthy individuals riddled with migraines, fatigue and "brain fog" that may last a lifetime. Meanwhile, intensive care units in hospitals are overflowing with patients in some cities. It's a "very precarious situation" says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, and it may call for some very dramatic mitigation measures. "We don't need to accept those very, very difficult to accept numbers if we do something about it," Fauci told Major Garrett on his podcast The Takeout. Read on to hear what he thinks might have to happen regarding lockdowns, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Lockdowns May Happen Where the Hospitals are "Overrun"
Dr. Fauci has previously said he doesn't think a national lockdown is ever going to happen."We're not going to get a national lockdown," he told Jake Tapper on CNN. "I think that's very clear. But I think what we're going to start seeing in the local levels, be they governors or mayors or people at the local level, will do, as you said, very surgical-type of restrictions, which are the functional equivalent of a local lockdown."
Cities like Los Angeles have issued a stay-at-home order, for example, that has now basically gone statewide, tied to ICU beds filling up."Do you believe we will see more of that in the next six to eight weeks?" asksed Garrett.
"Yeah. I think the answer, even though people don't like it, the answer was going to be yes, because once you get to the point where you are stretching the hospital system, you don't want to be in the unthinkable situation of having to choose who is going to live and who's going to die," said Fauci. "That's something that's just unimaginable. So the only way sometimes that you could prevent that is to do really stringent prevention and in some areas, not all in some areas that may be a temporary lockdown that is entirely conceivable. I don't think we're going to see that centrally for the country, but I think in some selected areas, they will have to make that choice either close down a lot of things or have the hospital system overrun."
Lockdowns are Meeting Resistance in Certain States and Cities
Fauci's comments come at a time when lockdowns are meeting resistance from certain business owners and politicians. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been particularly vocal about resisting them. "The lie of the lockdown was if you just lockdowned, then you can beat the virus," he said last week. "Why are people having to lockdown two and three times? If lockdowns are so effective, why is that?"
Governor Gavin Newsom of California called his lockdown measures a necessary pull of the "emergency brake." But Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco in California called the measures "flat out ridiculous" on Facebook and said his office "will not be blackmailed, bullied or used as muscle" to enforce it.
Meanwhile, in Staten Island, a bar in a hot zone has refused a mandatory closure, serving patrons in what they call an "autonomous zone." It's GM was arrested this weekend for allegedly hitting a deputy with his car.
Meanwhile, There May Not be an ICU Bed Available in Your Town
Lockdown or no lockdown, something has to change. Dr. Fauci said community hospitals that "have 20 beds in the whole region, 25 beds that are ICU. And then you wind up having twice as many ICU patients. So not only are you going to have to just be admitting COVID patients, but even some of the patients that need ICU intensive care don't have the beds or the staff who are trained in ICU care to take care of them."
"We're perilously close to stretching it, to getting the system really, really strain," said Fauci. "It is true that once you have that many COVID patients, the normal medical care, that is important. People who have heart attacks, people who have bleeding ulcers, people who have strokes, they need to go someplace, they need to be taken care of. So not only do you have a situation that's very difficult with COVID itself, but you bump the other things that are really important. And we've seen that at the height of some of the surges where things were left on attended to that wound up in even worse medical situations. So it's almost like a double barrel hit that you take."
As for yourself, follow his fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.