Fauci Gives Foreshadowing of Fate for United States Economic Shutdown
As summer fades into fall, Americans are looking forward to the one year anniversary of the first time most heard of COVID-19. The lockdown, which was previously billed as a two-week proposition, has stretched in some form for the better part of six months and American voters are restless.
However, according to an immunologist and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, the end might not be neigh as winter approaches.
Fauci, who serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force said during a recent panel that he doesn’t believe the COVID-19 pandemic precautions will wind down anytime soon, certainly not in 2020.
“We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter because it’s not going to be easy,” Fauci said during a discussion with doctors from Harvard Medical School according to the Daily Wire.
According to the publication, the daily number of cases of coronavirus diagnosis in September is around 36,000, which is lower than August and trending downward. However, Fauci believes that it’s still much too high.
“I keep looking at that curve, and I get more depressed and more depressed about the fact that we never really get down to the baseline that I’d like,” he said.
“What I would like to see is keeping the lid on it, keeping the baseline down, until we get a vaccine,” Fauci said. “I think that’s the thing that turns it around.” The immunologist went on to say that he thinks the virus could begin to proliferate again during the upcoming flu season.
“As we get into the fall and do more indoor things, we’re likely to see upticks in COVID-19,” he said.
Fauci’s on the nose comment about flu season doesn’t seem to have had a negative impact on those who have complete faith in his abilities, which could be seen as curious, considering the mud he and others have had on their face when it was discovered that “presumed cases” and deaths caused by “comorbidities” have been the vast majority of the astronomical COVID numbers being presented to the American people.
However, Fauci has chosen to double down, saying that doctors in the United States are about to see a post-Labor Day spike in infection rates.
“We’re right around 40,000 new cases, that’s an unacceptably high baseline,” Fauci said. “We’ve got to get it down, I’d like to see it 10,000 or less, hopefully, less.”
The Trump administration coronavirus task force isn’t the first time Fauci has been at the forefront of fending off a health crisis, however. In the 1980s, Fauci helped lead the global response to AIDS and used that history to drive home his point with the American people.
He said that he feels COVID-19 is similar to that fight, saying that “We’ve been through this before,” he said. “Don’t ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don’t try and look at the rosy side of things.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield appears to agree with Fauci’s assessment, telling WebMD in an interview on Wednesday that Americans should prepare themselves for “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had.”
“We’re going to have COVID in the fall, and we’re going to have flu in the fall. And either one of those by themselves can stress certain hospital systems,” Redfield said. However, he felt it was fair to shift the blame to Americans, still struggling to survive the constraints put on the economy.
Redfield said how the fall/winter COVID numbers go is “dependent on how the American people choose to respond,” he said. “It’s really the worst of times or the best of times, depending on the American public. I’m optimistic.”