The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the deadliest in decades according to the CDC. An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter.
February 17, 2020
‘Danger of getting coronavirus now is just minusculely low’
“No, not a chance. It would never happen.”
USA TODAY / February 17, 2020
…Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s point man on infectious diseases, spoke with the USA TODAY Editorial Board on Monday about the latest coronavirus developments. Fauci, 79, has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity:
Q. How confident are you that the Chinese are doing what needs to be done?
A. They’re doing things that have completely broken the paradigm of how you respond. They have been, in a draconian way, shutting down everything. They have locked down 50 million people, including the entire 11 million-person city of Wuhan. They will not allow anyone into Beijing unless they have a 14-day quarantine. They’re essentially locking people who test positive in their houses. I mean, they’re doing things that are almost unheard of in the annals of public health.
Q. That would never happen here, would it? Locking down 50 million people?
A. No, not a chance. It would never happen.
Q. Is the seasonal flu a bigger concern?
A. We are right now in the middle of an influenza outbreak, which is having its second wave. We have more kids dying of flu this year, at this time, than in the last decade or more. Then it went down, and now we’re having a second wave of H1N1 flu again, which is particularly serious in children. So right now, at the same time people are worrying about going to a Chinese restaurant, the threat is that what we have in this country, we’re having a pretty bad influenza season, particularly dangerous for our children.
Q. How can you protect yourself against both flu and coronavirus?
A. Do what we tell you to do all the time. Wash your hands as frequently as you can. Stay away from crowded places where people are coughing and sneezing. If, in fact you are coughing and sneezing, cover your cough. All the things that we say each year. That’s the thing we should be doing right now. But the danger of getting coronavirus now is just minusculely low.
Q. We see everyone walking around in masks. Do they work?
A. A mask is much more appropriate for someone who is infected and you’re trying to prevent them from infecting other people than it is in protecting you against infection. If you look at the masks that you buy in a drug store, the leakage around that doesn’t really do much to protect you. And for example, people start saying, should I start wearing a mask? Now, in the United States, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask.
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Social distancing orders already in place were factored into the totals
The projections were calculated using the expected peak of the infection in each state and the number of hospital beds, intensive-care beds and ventilators available for COVID-19 patients when most needed. Social distancing orders already in place were factored into the totals.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the coronavirus task force, on Sunday offered numbers that support the findings in the study. He warned that the coronavirus could infect millions of people in the United States and account for more than 100,000 deaths — and perhaps up to 200,000.
“That’s because the American people are doing a great job. Social Distancing etc. Keep going!” President Donald Trump
By Dan Keemahill, Erin Mansfield, Dinah Voyles Pulver, Nicholas Wu, Dian Zhang / USA TODAY
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at 2:54 PM
Senior White House adviser Anthony Fauci said… death toll from the coronavirus could be closer to 60,000 Americans, assuming full social distancing, rather than the previously projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.
WTNH|8 days ago
The United States’ top infectious disease specialist is getting his own bobblehead. The creation from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee features
April 10, 2020
The federal government may issue Americans certificates of immunity from the coronavirus at some point, Dr. Anthony Fauci said today on CNN.
“I mean, it’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “This is something that’s being discussed. I think it might actually have some merit, under certain circumstances.”