Anthony Fauci has advised six U.S. presidents as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). As U.S. numbers rise with the resurgence of COVID-19, Fauci joins Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss how to overcome the pandemic and prepare for what's next while state and local communities decide whether to reopen for the new school year. Join Washington Post Live on Friday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET. (The Washington Post)
Anthony Fauci has advised six U.S. presidents as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). As U.S. numbers rise with the resurgence of COVID-19, Fauci joins Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss how to overcome the pandemic and prepare for what’s next while state and local communities decide whether to reopen for the new school year.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says President Trump’s recent White House briefings have been helpful. “The president has gone out there and is saying things now that I think are important, having to do with wearing masks, staying away from crowded places, so I think they have been helpful now. And also they’ve been short and crisp, which I think is good when you’re trying to get a message across.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci shared how he would tackle the COVID-19 pandemic if he were entirely charge of the plan. “In the states that have been trying to open…you don’t necessarily have to go all the way back to a complete shutdown, but you certainly have to call a pause and maybe even a backing up a bit…if we do that I think we can control the surges we’re seeing in those states…everyone should be trying to re-open America again, but do it in a way that’s in accordance with the guidelines.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci says we will likely know if a potential coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective by the end of December of this year. “It is likely that in the beginning of next year we would have tens of millions of doses available…as we get into 2021, several months in, you would have vaccine that would be widely available to people in the United States.”
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Fauci originally discouraged mask-wearing by the public because he was concerned about PPE availability for health-care workers. “We didn’t realize the extent of asymptotic spread…what happened as the weeks and months came by, two things became clear: one, that there wasn’t a shortage of masks, we had plenty of masks and coverings that you could put on that’s plain cloth…so that took care of that problem. Secondly, we fully realized that there are a lot of people who are asymptomatic who are spreading infection. So it became clear that we absolutely should be wearing masks consistently.”
When asked if he fully supports the newly released CDC guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of children when returning to schools, Fauci said, “I do. I think the CDC has put some good guidance down…I think it’s a sound set of guidelines.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci says major league baseball may be safe during this point in the pandemic as long as protocols are put into place to protect players and spectators. “I think it can be done, it’s little bit different because there are no spectators in the stands, but I think the United States, which is really craving some sort of relief from the kind of restrictions we have been under would love to see baseball in any form…even if just on television… football is such an inherently contact sport…if you do a good enough protocol, you probably can do it but you gotta make sure it’s well thought out and the safety of the players and everyone else is paramount in your consideration.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently said that more studies claim that kids are stoppers of coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci says we still need to learn a lot about young children and COVID-19. “A recent study came out that showed children up to 10 years old…they don’t necessarily spread infection as adults do, whereas children 10-19 appear to be spreading infections to adults as equally as adults spreading to adults. Yet there is still a lot to learn…”
Anthony S. Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
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