Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns of a Difficult Flu Season Ahead
Dr. Anthony Fauci sat down with a panel of doctors from Harvard Medical School on Thursday to speak on the country’s current state when it comes to COVID-19.
Most importantly, he warned what we would have to look forward to with the upcoming flu season. Although many states have been seeing a decline in cases, new hotspots are emerging throughout the country. Fauci warns that Americans may have a difficult fall/winter season dealing with both COVID-19 and the Flu; with the biggest concern being who is suffering from which disease.
“We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter because it’s not going to be easy,” Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Americans this week, with the flu season arriving on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. https://t.co/Hp84tTppyi pic.twitter.com/lGN0r2MZaC
— WebMD (@WebMD) September 11, 2020
Fauci had to explain that despite President Trump’s false claims, the U.S. is not nearing the end of this pandemic. Studies are showing that case spikes are areas where social distancing requirements are being walked back. There has also been a rise since Labor Day where many gatherings were held across the country. With few strict mandates for masks, there have been plenty of pictures and videos surfacing of parties where there is no masks insight. Fauci shared startling numbers that refute claims that the U.S. has the pandemic under control. He reinforced the fact that about 40% of people do not get tested because they show no symptoms, therefore there may be many cases that are not reported, and the numbers of people infected could be much higher.
Are we rounding the final turn on the virus, as the president says? Dr. Fauci: “I have to disagree with that, because if you look at … the statistics they are disturbing. We’re plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day. And the deaths are around a thousand.” #AMRstaff
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) September 11, 2020
Fauci compared COVID-19 to the early years of the AIDS pandemic. Being one of the tops AIDS researchers, Fauci recalled the virus starting small then over the years becoming a disease that affected and killed millions. When asked about a vaccine, Fauci was cautious about setting expectations with listeners. He shared that even if a vaccine is done by the end of this year, all Americans might not be vaccinated until the end of 2021. The 6-month quarantine has many going stir crazy and asking when life will be back to normal, normalcy may come with a vaccine or if we can come together as a country and stick to mask and distancing guidelines. At this point, only time will tell.
Fauci: “If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to covid, it’s going to be toward the middle of 2021, maybe event end of 2021.”
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) September 11, 2020
We encourage our readers to wear a mask, wash their hands, and maintain a six-foot distance from others when possible. If you can, get a flu shot, to protect yourself and your loved ones, as we have a rough season ahead of us. To find out how you can help others, and to stay informed about COVID-19, check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website here.