Dr. Fauci Warns "A Whole Lot of Pain" is Coming
With COVID-19 infections averaging 74,000 a day, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, sounded an alarm in an interview with CNBC's Shepard Smith on Wednesday night. The rise of COVID-19 cases across America is "very urgent," said Fauci. "And that's the reason why I have been urgently saying every single day that we have got to do things that have not been done uniformly and consistently throughout the country. This is going to get worse because we're going more into a cold season. As we get through the fall and into the winter with the holiday season going, we've got to do something different. We can't just let this happen. We're going to have many more hospitalizations and that will inevitably lead to more deaths. So this is an untenable situation. And that's the reason why I say we have got to do these things." Read on to hear how bad it may get, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Says If Things Don't Change, "A Whole Lot of Pain is Coming"
"There are certain regions of the country that are going to even have more of a problem because there are some places in the Heartland and then the Northwest that never had the kind of hospital and intensive care facility and flexibility that some of the larger hospitals in largest cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and others. So the concern is that if you talk to the people which I have done that who are in those regions of the country, they're concerned that if the trajectory continues, they may be in a position where they're going to be strapped for things like intensive care beds."
"If things do not change, if they continue on the course we're on, is going to be a whole lot of pain in this country with regard to additional cases and hospitalizations and deaths. We are on a very difficult trajectory. We are going in the wrong direction. We're averaging 70,000 cases per week. We've gone up as high as 83,000 last Friday. And if you look at the map, there are a large number of cases in states that are going in the wrong direction. If that continues, we're going to be in much worse shape a month from now than we are today."
Dr. Fauci Warns "the Cases are Real"
Smith asked Fauci about the White House's coordinated shift away from the virus and onto opening up the economy—despite the virus. Although Fauci said he preferred to only talk about public health, not politics, he did say, "I don't know exactly the timing, but it was clear that some months ago there was a pivot away from complete focusing on public health issues. So looking at opening up the country with regard to the economy, that was very clear and it was stated that way."
Smith mentioned President Trump's blaming the rising cases on increased testing. "There's clearly confusion among the population about what's really happening, but can you help us understand that?" he asked. "Yes, unequivocally there are more cases that are real cases that's manifested by the numbers," answered Fauci. "The data is strong. It's also manifested by the fact that if you look at the map of the country where you have an uptick in cases, we are also having upticks in hospitalizations. So the cases are real. They're not just as a result of testing."
So practice Fauci's fundamentals: wearing your face mask, "distancing from a person six feet or more avoiding crowds in congregate settings, doing things outdoors, much more than indoors and washing your hands frequently—if you look across the country that is not been uniformly done," he said. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.