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Dr Anthony Fauci contradicts Trump and says the US has not turned the final corner in COVID battle - stressing that life won't get back to normal until late 2021

Top government infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday he disagreed with President Donald Trump's assessment the United States has 'rounded the corner' on the coronavirus pandemic, saying the statistics are disturbing.
Fauci, the outspoken director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States was starting the flu season with a high baseline of around 40,000 new cases a day and deaths are averaging around 1,000 daily.
Trump, who has admitted playing down the severity of the virus since it emerged early this presidential election year, said on Thursday he believed the United States was 'rounding the corner' on the crisis.
Dr Fauci says U.S. won't get back to normal until late 2021 when a successful vaccine for COVID-19 could be widely distributed
Dr Fauci says U.S. won't get back to normal until late 2021 when a successful vaccine for COVID-19 could be widely distributed
Fauci told NBC News' Andrea Mitchel that he is confident there will be a vaccine available by the end of this year or early 2021
Fauci told NBC News' Andrea Mitchel that he is confident there will be a vaccine available by the end of this year or early 2021
'I have to disagree with that, because, if you look at the thing that you just mentioned, the statistics ... they are disturbing,' Fauci said on MSNBC. 'We're plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day. And the deaths are around a thousand.
Fauci said he hoped the country did not see a spike in cases after the Labor Day weekend as it did after other long holiday weekends since May.
It was important to get those infection rates down before the autumn and winter seasons when people will be spending more time indoors. 'You don't want to start off already with a baseline that's so high,' Fauci said.
Asked about the outdoor campaign rallies Trump has resumed before his November 3rd matchup against Democrat Joe Biden, Fauci said they are 'absolutely' risky.

The total number of fatalities is fast approaching 200,000 across the country
The total number of fatalities is fast approaching 200,000 across the country
'Just because you're outdoors does not mean that you're protected, particularly if you're in a crowd and you're not wearing masks,' he said.
When asked about the ongoing risks of indoor vs. outdoor events, Fauci said, 'if we want to get back to the normal existence of being able to enjoy being in a restaurant, the best way to do that is to get the community level of infection at the lowest level possible.'
Fauci was also asked about when it might be completely safe to go to movie theaters or other indoor venues after a vaccine had been made available.
Trump was in Michigan for a rally on Thursday despite pushback from officials worried they are growing in size and flouting public health guidelines intended to halt COVID-19 spread
Trump was in Michigan for a rally on Thursday despite pushback from officials worried they are growing in size and flouting public health guidelines intended to halt COVID-19 spread
Trump claps as he arrives arrives for a campaign rally at MBS International Airport in Freeland, Michigan on Thursday
Trump claps as he arrives arrives for a campaign rally at MBS International Airport in Freeland, Michigan on Thursday
'By the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccinations and you get the majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected, that's likely not going to happen until the mid or end of 2021. If you're talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to covid, it's going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,' Fauci said.
Fauci, who has contradicted Trump's statements about the virus, denies the administration is pressuring him to keep quiet.
'Anybody that tries to tell me what to say publicly, if they know anything about me, realizes that's a fool's errand,' Fauci said. 'No one is ever going to pressure me or muzzle me to say anything publicly.' 
Fauci expressed disapproval of Trump holding rallies: 'Just because you're outdoors does not mean that you're protected, particularly if you're in a crowd and you're not wearing masks.'
Fauci expressed disapproval of Trump holding rallies: 'Just because you're outdoors does not mean that you're protected, particularly if you're in a crowd and you're not wearing masks.'

1 comment:

  1. this is the same guy who said, 'fifteen days to flatten the curve,' months ago, right?

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