Anthony Fauci, the chief scientific officer of the United States for the coronavirus pandemic, is concerned. After several weeks of sustained decline in cases and deaths from Covid-19, the infections began to rise and hit a record this Thursday, with more than 65,000 in a single day. “What worries me is the slope of the curve. It still seems to be exponential, “he said in an interview published this Friday in the Financial Times (FT).
“I think we should realize that some states were ahead of themselves. Others did it correctly, but citizens did not listen to the guidelines and decided that they were going to stay in bars and congregate in crowds and celebrations, “said the 36-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“Our ancestors … had the guts to come by boat from Europe and from anywhere else. That is the general spirit: authority is not always trusted, “said Fauci. However, he drew attention to the danger of this principle being taken to an extreme: “The rationale for the anti-vaccine movement is that we don’t trust what the government tells us. That is very, very problematic right now. “
In another interview published Thursday by the portal FiveThirtyEight, Fauci affirmed that some localities in the country such as New York “took control” of the crisis, praising the role of the authorities. But he warned: “As a country, when we compare ourselves with others, we cannot say that we are doing well”.
The expert has been warning for days in interviews about the increase in cases in the south and west of the country. Thursday’s infected mark equals twice the cases recorded a couple of months ago when the outbreak was concentrated in New York. On Wednesday, Fauci estimated that some states in the United States went “too far” with the lack of confidence and that it may be necessary to establish restrictions again, according to a podcast published by the newspaper Wall Street Journal.
In the United States, the management of the pandemic is managed depending on each State and the territories governed by the Republicans in general are more conducive to lifting the restrictions. At the federal level, the White House issued slogans for a progressive reopening of the economy, based on criteria such as a decrease in the number of cases and supported by tools such as an increase in the ability to carry out tests..
However, few states respected the criteria and President Donald Trump constantly encourages to accelerate the reopening of the economy. For Fauci, the increase in infections that the country is currently suffering is due to a sudden lack of confidence and the way in which the population of the south of the country resumed activities, forgetting gestures of prevention.
The short circuit between Fauci and the president – the sixth with whom he has lived since he assumed responsibility for leading the response to epidemics in the country – is more than evident. In the interview with FT admitted that last saw him in person at the White House on June 2 and that for two months he has not been reporting directly to him.
When asked if Trump is wrong to say that 99% of Covid-19 cases are harmless, he says yes, but with elegant diplomacy. “I’m trying to find out where the president got that number from. What I think happened is that someone told you that the overall mortality is around 1%. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is not a problem, when obviously it is not. ”
“I have never seen a virus or a pathogen that has such a wide range of manifestations,” he said. “Even if it doesn’t kill you, even if it doesn’t take you to the hospital, it can make you seriously ill.”
Still, Fauci says he meets regularly with the task force led by Vice President Mike Pence. Although last week, the doctor warned – in contradiction to Pence’s statements – that The United States was heading towards a new daily infection level of 100,000 infections, when the level was close to 40,000 And Trump’s running mate said there was no reason to worry about others.
With information from AFP
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