Leading American infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci urged Americans to trust the “respected medical authorities” to overcome the pandemic, stating that those who have a history of recommendations based on scientific evidence and positive data are the “best bet” of the society.
“So if I were to give advice to you and your family, I would say it is the safest bet to make. I think, for the most part, you can trust the respected medical authorities. I think I am one of them, so I think you can trust me, “said Fauci on Tuesday afternoon.
Fauci’s comments came on a day that marked an important milestone in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine. An experimental vaccine, developed by Fauci’s colleagues at the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., has shown that it activates people’s immune systems exactly as scientists hoped. This vaccine candidate will begin a study of 30,000 people by July 27th.
Fauci has consistently argued that he remains “cautiously optimistic” for an effective and safe vaccine at the latest in early 2021.
Fauci was speaking at a Georgetown University webinar. His comments come in the middle of a defamatory campaign at the White House, making a long list of “mistakes” that Fauci has made since the start of the pandemic appear to the public.
Leading public health experts across the country have reacted to the politicization of the coronavirus response, saying that no other president has led a wedge between public health officials and society as Trump did.
Coronavirus has already killed over 136,000 Americans and cases are rising to alarming levels in the southern and southwestern United States. The mortality rate in the United States per 100,000 population has risen from 30 to 41 per 100,000.
Pointing to the steep trajectory of the last wave, Fauci explained to his audience live that the workload in America never returned to the baseline before it started popping up again. Much of the reason, he said, is because America has never closed completely.
According to Fauci, America has blocked only “50-55 percent”. “If you look at our curve, for better or for worse, we have gone up, we have reached the peak, we have come down and we have never really reached the base. We have about 20,000 new cases a day. So the problem is , we never went down to baseline, “he said.
Fauci has compared the American experience to that of countries in Europe and Asia that have had more success in flattening their infection curves. “When they closed, they practically blocked. They blocked about 90% more,” said Fauci. .
Answering questions about the effectiveness of aerosol transmission of coronavirus, Fauci stressed that droplet transmission remains the most dominant way in which the virus affects populations on a large scale.
Fauci repeated his request to young Americans to show “social responsibility” and to steer clear of what he called “political nonsense”, referring to the divisive rhetoric that made universal masking so elusive in the richest nation in the world.
America is leading the world in the case of coronavirus. More than three million people have been ill and more than 136,000 have died since the first case was reported on the west coast of the United States in early January of this year.
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