Dr. Fauci Warns "We're in for a Whole Lot of Hurt"
As President Trump hits the campaign trail, accusing doctors of profiteering from the coronavirus and calling experts "idiots," one doctor is sounding an alarm about what he considers the true severity of rising cases. In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, drew the White House's ire by criticizing certain strategies. Read on to learn more, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Warned That Cases Will Rise—and Lead to Deaths
"We're in for a whole lot of hurt. It's not a good situation," Fauci said of the fall and winter surge. We're nearing 100,000 cases a day. "All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly."
Dr. Fauci Warned of Chronic Health Problems Caused By COVID-19
The cases, hospitalization and death stats don't tell the whole story. "Fauci said that many people who catch the virus recover 'virologically' but will have chronic health problems," reports the Post. Indeed, thousands of people, dubbed "long haulers," have experienced chronic fatigue, migraines, "brain fog" and other debilitating symptoms that may last a lifetime.
Dr. Fauci Says You Can Get Better Care Now Than When it First Struck, Because Doctors Know More About the Virus
"Even though we're getting challenged with more cases," he said, "the medical system is much better prepared to take care of seriously ill people, so that's the reason why I think the surge of cases is going to be counterbalanced by better experience."
Dr. Fauci Warned That Herd Immunity Will Cost Many, Many Lives
Dr. Fauci praised White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for being honest about the fact that the White House isn't trying to "control the pandemic"—although he disagrees with that strategy—but took issue with Dr. Scott Atlas, an American neuroradiologist who has Trump's ear on the pandemic. "He insists he's not somebody who's pushing for herd immunity," Fauci said of Atlas. "He says, 'That's not what I mean.' [But] everything he says — when you put them together and stitch them together — everything is geared toward the concept of 'it doesn't make any difference if people get infected. It's a waste of time. Masks don't work. Who cares,' and the only thing you need to do is protect the vulnerable, like people in the nursing homes," Fauci said. "The idea of this false narrative that if you don't die, everything is hunky dory is just not the case," Fauci continued. "But to say, 'Let people get infected, it doesn't matter, just make sure people don't die' — to me as a person who's been practicing medicine for 50 years, it doesn't make any sense at all."
"It's unacceptable and breaking with all norms for Dr. Fauci, a senior member of the President's Coronavirus Taskforce and someone who has praised President Trump's actions throughout this pandemic, to choose three days before an election to play politics," said a White House spokesperson in response.
Dr. Fauci Says Some States Are At Risk as You're Reading This
Health officials in North Dakota indicated only 200 regular beds and 20 in intensive care units were vacant, because of a rise in hospitalizations. "It's much more about some of the states like Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, where … they never had a pretty good reserve of intensive care beds and things like that. I hope they'll be okay, but it's still a risk that, as you get more surging, they're going to run out of capacity," Fauci said. As for yourself, no matter where you live, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.