Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has heard your theory, or maybe it’s your brother-in-law’s: That the COVID deaths are so high because they’re somehow inflated, by flu cases or, as the President claimed, the CDC’s “fake news.” His response? “We’ve had now over 360 to 370,000 deaths, we’re averaging 2 to 3,000 deaths per day, and 200 to 300,000 infections,” Fauci told WGN yesterday. “These are real.” Want proof? “Go to the hospitals and talk to the healthcare providers who are knocking themselves out 24/7 to take care of these people. These are real people, real numbers, and it’s not a hoax.” Read on to hear his warning—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
The Virus, Says Fauci, Can Harm Anyone—Even You
Dr. Fauci said that COVID-19 is unique—in how mystifying it is. “In all of my experience of dealing with infectious disease outbreaks over, you know, about 40 years, we’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “It is true that those who are elderly and those who have underlying conditions have a greater propensity to have a serious outcome of COVID-19. But the thing that we don’t have a crisp, clear answer on is that why so many people, particularly young people, get infected and have either no symptoms at all, or just mild to moderate symptomatology. Whereas other people, including some young people, clearly overwhelmingly, the people who get into trouble are elderly, but we certainly have many examples of individuals who are young in their thirties, in their forties, and even in their twenties who get into serious trouble, why they get into trouble. And the overwhelming majority of younger people don’t—we don’t know, you can hypothesize that the level of receptors in the nose, in the throat, in the lung of people who do well is very low. Whereas the receptors for the virus are very high and those who get into trouble, but that’s just summarizing.”
“We don’t know that as a fact,” he said, “which is the reason why we still have a lot to learn about this very perplexing disease. The one thing we do know” is that COVID-19 is “leading to a very, very serious number of people who are getting sick and dying from this. Despite the fact that many, many, many people do really quite well.”
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Fauci Says “It’s Incomprehensible” That Anyone Thinks It’s a Hoax
Dr. Fauci pointed to the violence in D.C. as evidence of how divided we are as a country. The facts have become divisive too, he says. And it baffles him. “We have had situations where you’re in a state or city or a region where the hospitals are overwhelmed with critically ill individuals, the hospitals that have 20 intensive care unit beds and have 50 intensive care unit patients waiting to be taken care of—they’re being stretched to the limit,” he said. “And even in those regions, some people still think it’s fake news or that it’s a hoax or that it’s made up— it’s incomprehensible, that that is going on, and I’m not going to solve it in any discussion with you. But I think the country needs to really, really examine where we are in the divisiveness that has spilled over into our attempts to address a very critical historic public health challenge. It does nothing but get in the way of an effective response, when you’re a people who don’t believe the reality, that’s staring them right in the face.”
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How to Survive This Pandemic
As for yourself, follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, 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.