Dr. Fauci Just Answered All Your Burning Questions
On TV and in the media, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been no stranger during this pandemic; but yesterday he made himself available directly to you. During an "ask me anything" session on the White House COVID Response Team Twitter, he took questions about the virus, the variants and the vaccines. Read on for 6 key questions you might have aksed yourself, and Fauci's life-saving answers—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.
If there were "10 people (fully vaccinated) + 3 people (1 dose) for 88th b'day" and they were outside and masked, "in Michigan hotspot. Would Dr. Fauci attend?"
Fauci: "Small outdoor gatherings are generally safe as long as some precautions are followed. Since not everyone is fully vaccinated, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others, like wearing a mask if you cannot maintain distance."
"Is there cause for concern of long-term effects from contracting COVID if I have a vaccine? In other words, if I pick up the virus after being vaccinated, I likely won't have bad symptoms, but can I still have the long term effects?"
Fauci: "Authorized vaccines are highly effective; however, a small percentage of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still develop COVID-19 illness (called 'breakthrough' cases): We do not yet understand the risk of developing long-COVID after a breakthrough case of COVID-19 post-vaccination. However, we do know that long-COVID can follow even mild cases of COVID-19. NIH is funding >$1 billion in research to learn more about long-term effects of COVID-19, and ways to treat these outcomes."
"Have there been any reports of issues with blood clots with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines?"
Fauci: "The CDC and FDA recommended a pause in J&J vaccine administration due to 6 cases of a rare blood clot (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, or CVST), plus low levels of blood platelets. Treatment of this condition is different from typical treatment for blood clots alone.
CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System has not identified any cases of this combination — CVST with low blood platelets — in the more than 180 million doses administered of the Pfizer & Moderna vaccines. A report of a condition in VAERS does not mean the condition was caused by the vaccine. VAERS has identified 3 reports of CVST with normal platelet counts out of ~85 million doses of the Moderna vaccine."
"Are there any alternative meds in the works for people who cannot take the current vaccines due to anaphylaxis dangers?"
Fauci: "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has started a study to gather information to help doctors advise people who are highly allergic or have a mast cell disorder about the risks and benefits of receiving the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. For most people, benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks. However, those who have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should not get vaccinated."
"If a person who has COVID and has had their first (Pfizer) vaccine, can they keep their scheduled appointment for the second dose, which will be eight days post-isolation?"
Fauci: "This person should wait until they have recovered from illness (if sick) and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation to receive the 2nd shot."
"Do the monoclonal antibody treatments work on the variants?"
"Some variants can cause resistance to one or more of the mAb therapies authorized to treat COVID-19. Combo mAb treatments bamlanivimab+etesevimab or casirivimab+imdevimab are authorized to treat outpatients with COVID-19. In lab studies, some variants reduce the virus' susceptibility to bamlanivimab and, to a lesser extent, casirivimab & etesevimab. Recent @CDCgov data showed an upsurge of variants expected to be resistant to bamlanivimab administered alone. Due to these data and more, @US_FDA revoked the authorization of administering bamlanivimab alone. The FDA believes that the other mAb therapies remain appropriate to treat patients with COVID-19." As for yourself, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.