Dr. Fauci fears the ‘convergence’ of COVID-19 and the flu this fall could be a ‘very difficult time’
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Americans that a “tough time” could overtake the US if the COVID-19 outbreak and flu season hit the country together.
He also called for the “ universal wearing of masks ” in schools as this could slow the spread of the virus and reduce infections.
Fauci, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, made the relevant revelation during ABC News’ World news tonight with anchor David Muir on Monday.
If Americans don’t fully embrace the wearing of masks and social detachment, he says, they could face double outbreaks that could engulf the country.
In July, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield admits that the convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the annual flu season could become “ one of the toughest times we’ve seen in American public health. ”
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Dr Anthony Fauci (pictured) said on Monday that Americans could be going through a “ rough time ” if the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season converge this fall.
“I fully agree,” said Dr. Fauci Monday, adding that the country’s trajectory depends on its commitment to health guidelines.
“If we didn’t do things in a uniform way … as we go into winter and fall, with the probability of having a convergence, we would have a convergence of two respiratory diseases,” Fauci said.
“We can have a very difficult time.”
Fauci rejected the idea that the COVID-19 pandemic will simply go away, saying people should be concerned with proposed health guidelines.
“I want to impress the American people in a way that is so clear: there are things we can do to bring the level down,” he told World News Tonight.
“If we go into fall and winter with the same situation … we’ll have a percent positive increase, and then you’ll have the inevitable increase in infection.”
Fauci: “ If we go into fall and winter with the same situation … we’ll have a percent positive increase, and then you’ll have the inevitable increase in infection. ” Pictured: Elementary School Students Waiting for Classes to Begin in Godley, Texas
He added that there is a way to avoid convergence, “but it’s not through wishful thinking.”
The CDC estimates that the flu has caused between nine and 45 million illnesses since 2010.
Likewise, the flu has resulted in as many as 810,000 hospitalizations, while 12,000 to 61,000 deaths are counted annually.
The presence of both outbreaks in the US, especially at a time when the coronavirus has no vaccine or cure, could be damaging to the country.
Previously, Fauci said he hoped to see fewer than 10,000 cases a day in the US by fall.
Reverend Arturo Corral (center) gives individual communion to maintain social distance between congregation members during Mass celebrated outside in the historic Our Lady Queen of Angels Church
But the US records 50,000 to 70,000 cases per day, the World Health Organization reports, with significant spikes in the number of cases in hotspot states like California and Florida.
By Monday, the US had collected 5,094,338 confirmed infections and more than 163,000 deaths.
‘The way human nature behaves doesn’t seem likely [this goal will be met]. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done, ”Fauci said.
‘I don’t know how more forcefully I can make that plea for the American people. That we can open the country, we can go back to normalcy, if we do a few simple things. ‘
But Fauci said he is optimistic that the US could merge in the coming weeks to take a real step in overcoming the coronavirus.
“My message is one of cautious optimism and hope,” said Fauci. “But I’m also very realistic to know that if we don’t, we’ll keep this up and down.”
Fauci (pictured) also suggested a ‘universal wearing of masks’ when asked about schools reopening this fall as cases continue to increase
In the same interview, Fauci specifically pointed to face masks as an effective tool that should be used a lot more than it is today.
“Wearing masks should be universal,” Fauci said when asked about reopening schools.
‘There must be as great a social distance as possible, avoiding crowds. Outdoors [is] always better than indoors and [you should] be in a situation where you have the opportunity to constantly wash and clean your hands with disinfectants. ‘
In recent days, a number of schools across the country have reopened for the year amid fears of the coronavirus. Many struggled to create attainable school schedules and curricula that could be taught at home when the in-person classes take effect.
The Trump administration has aggressively pushed for schools to reopen, using this as a clear sign that the country is returning to normal.
But a number of staff and students have already been forced into quarantine as confirmed cases surfaced within the first week of school.
Images shared earlier this week showed few students wearing masks in the crowded corridors of North Paulding High School in Georgia
Pictured: Sequoyah High School students switch classes on the fourth day of the first week of face-to-face school in Cherokee County, Georgia
Recently, North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, made national headlines when a photo of a college student showed the hallway full of teens ignoring face masks and with no room for social distance.
As a result, the school reported that six students and three staff had tested positive for COVID-19.
Fauci told World News Tonight the photo was “disturbing.”
He acknowledged that rules around masks are set at the local level, but wearing a face cover is “one of five or six things that are very important to prevent the emergence of infections and reverse the infections that we see increasing.”
Under the Trump administration, face masks have been politicized in a way that has not happened in other countries during the pandemic.
Several instances of mask-induced tantrums have been shared on social media as adults try to bypass mask mandates at retailers across the country.
In one case, a California woman reportedly peed on the floor of a California Verizon store after she refused to leave because she wasn’t wearing a mask.
Krileshia Boyd, fourth grade teacher, speaks with her students from Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School in Lauderdale County, Mississippi Monday
‘Anti-masks’ claimed that the official who insisted that wearing face masks infringed their constitutional rights, and many saw Trump’s tendency not to wear one as justification.
Trump was first pictured wearing a face mask in July – six months after the pandemic – and told Fox News he is now “ all for masks. ”
But in April, he ignored that centre’s advice for disease control and prevention, saying he probably wouldn’t wear one.
‘I don’t think I’m going to do it. I wear a face mask when I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens – I just don’t see it, ”he said at the time.
Last week, at a press conference at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Saturday afternoon, Trump signed four executive orders regarding what he called “ China virus control. ”
President Trump (pictured) last week signed four executive orders pertaining to COVID-19
They include a payroll tax exemption from September 1 to December 31 for employees earning less than $ 96,000 per year; federal unemployment benefits of $ 400 a week retroactive to the week of August 1; deferral of student loan payments and interest forgiveness on federally held loans through December 31; and a moratorium on evictions and foreclosure sales, likely only applicable to homes with government-backed mortgages.
It came hours after the White House indicated that Washington’s stalemate had forced him to act as the pandemic undermined the country’s economy and the November election approached.
The sweeping measures raised legal questions about the president’s authority to take such steps, as Congress alone has the power to levy taxes and raise funds.
However, the orders claim powers under the national state of emergency declared in March in response to the pandemic.