Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Big Warning Every American Should Hear
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, discussed the coronavirus surge with the Financial Times and what he warned about the slope of the curve is something every American—especially those in states with outbreaks—should hear. Read on for his advice, shared during a week in which the World Health Organization recorded a record number of global daily COVID-19 cases, led by the U.S.A.
On the Recent Spike in Coronavirus Cases and Deaths
"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say we have a serious ongoing problem, right now, as we speak," said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adding: "What worries me is the slope of the curve. It still looks like it's exponential." "There are some times when despite the guidelines and the recommendations to open up carefully and prudently, some states skipped over those and just opened up too quickly," Fauci said on the FiveThirtyEight podcast. "Certainly Florida I know, you know, I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints."
On How Nasty the Coronavirus Can Be
"I have never seen a virus or any pathogen that has such a broad range of manifestations," he said. "Even if it doesn't kill you, even if it doesn't put you in the hospital, it can make you seriously ill." He also said: "Not to be hyperbolic about it — it really is the perfect storm and [an] infectious disease and public health person's worst nightmare," at an event hosted by The Hill. "It's a spectacularly transmissible virus. The efficiency with which this transmits is really striking."
On Why He's Been MIA from Speaking Out
"I have a reputation, as you probably have figured out, of speaking the truth at all times and not sugar-coating things. And that maybe one of the reasons why I haven't been on television very much lately," he said.
On Why Trump Said 99% of Coronavirus Cases Are Harmless–When They Are Not
"I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Dr. Fauci said. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1 percent. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99 percent is not a problem, when that's obviously not the case."
On Working With President Trump—Or Not Working With Him
Fauci's "voice might not be as loud as it once was inside the White House, where he's advised six presidents over the course of his career. He admitted in an interview with the Financial Times on Thursday that he hasn't seen Trump at the White House since early June and hasn't briefed him on the pandemic in at least two months," reports CNBC. "Fauci added that he's 'sure' his messages have been passed on to the president. A White House spokesperson wasn't immediately available for comment."
The White House's Response
The Washington Post reports that: "A White House official released a statement saying that 'several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things,' and attaching a lengthy list of the scientist's comments from early in the outbreak. Those included his early doubt that people with no symptoms could play a significant role in spreading the virus—a notion based on earlier outbreaks that the novel coronavirus would turn on its head. They also point to public reassurances Fauci made in late February, around the time of the first U.S. case of community transmission, that 'at this moment, there is no need to change anything that you're doing on a day-by-day basis.'"
On How You Can Stay Healthy
Fauci was most outspoken on this point. "Now what we need to do in this country is to successfully make that transition from baseline control to safely be reopening the country, and following the guidelines are going to be critical," he said. "And I think what we've seen, unfortunately, is that in some of the Southern states, the states have not really followed those guidelines in some respects, and jumped over the benchmarks, and the points that needed to be checkpoints," he said. "We've got to do better." As for yourself: Do better! Avoid crowds, don't go indoors with large groups, wear your face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently, monitor your health, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.