The prominent immunologist and US government advisor Anthony Fauci (79) has warned in the corona crisis against an exaggerated return to normal. “That could have really serious consequences,” Fauci said Tuesday in a video hearing from the Senate. If the guidelines are not followed, there is a real risk of an outbreak that cannot be controlled. This could result in unnecessary “suffering and death”. Efforts for an economic recovery could also be put back.
His opponent is Donald Trump of all people, the man Fauci advises every day. In view of the devastating economic consequences, the US President is pushing for easing. He encourages protests in states that, in his opinion, do not reduce the protective measures quickly enough. Many states do not meet the criteria that Trump himself presented in guidelines for reopening – for example, a decrease in the number of infections over 14 days. Trump wrote on Twitter that the number of cases “in most parts of the country” decreased. The US wanted to “open up again and get going”, which is done safely. However, the pandemic is not under control in many places.
“We are not out of the roughest yet”
Fauci also warned at the hearing on Tuesday that it is possible that a second wave of the virus will come in autumn. He hoped that test capacities and the like could be used to react better. The virus will not simply go away. Trump had claimed this several times at the beginning. The head of the US health authority, Robert Redfield (68), warned at the hearing: “We are not out of the rough yet.” Fauci emphasized that the development was going in the right direction. However, this does not mean that there is complete control over the virus.
A new forecast by US scientists is alarming: in an updated model calculation, they assume that there will be almost 150,000 corona deaths in the United States by the end of July. The higher predicted number of victims is, among other things, due to the relaxation of the corona requirements beginning in many parts of the country, the researchers of the institute IHME of the University of Washington in Seattle said on Tuesday. The whole impact of the easing would only become clear in a few weeks because of the time between infections, tests, possible hospital stays or deaths, they warned.
Trump still forecast around 60,000 deaths in mid-April. In the meantime, however, over 82,000 people have already died from the novel corona virus.
The relationship between Fauci and Trump
Fauci also spoke about his relationship with Donald Trump at the Senate hearing on Tuesday. “There is certainly no confrontational relationship between me and the president,” said Fauci. He advises Trump based on scientific information. The president listens to this, respects it and receives advice from other parties. Other experts from the White House Corona working group also emphasized at the Senate hearing that there were no confrontations with Trump. The experts openly gave their assessments in the group and the President listened.
Fauci had said weeks ago on the website of the journal Science that Trump was listening to him – “even if we disagree on some things”. Trump has his own style. “But when it comes to content, he listens to what I say.” Trump himself had explicitly publicly praised Fauci several times despite differences in content. He emphasized that he highly valued the experts in his coronavirus team and would continue to listen to their advice. (nim / SDA)