With his season suspended indefinitely, Stephen State Curry, star of Golden State Warriors, was given some hope for the future by Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force and a former New York high school, who believes America will be better prepared if and when a new COVID-19 outbreak occurs.
“We will gain enough experience so that when it comes back, we can immediately identify, isolate and track contact,” Fauci told Curry on Thursday during a web interview. “And if you do that effectively, you don’t have an outbreak. You keep it at a very low level. Which means we no longer have to exit. ‘
Fauci, an immunologist, played for New York’s Regis High School until he graduated in 1958.
The NBA season has been paused since March 11, when Utah Jazz Center tested Rudy Gobert positive for coronavirus. Since then, as many as six other NBA players have also tested positive.
During Thursday’s interview on Clutch Sports, Fauci explained that the NBA could not return safely until coronavirus cases started to drop significantly.
“We can think about returning to some measure of normality when the country as a whole has turned that corner and comes down,” Fauci told Curry from his office, which happened to be a miniature basketball hoop. ‘Then you can find causes much easier [instead of] being overwhelmed with business, that was the case in New York City. ‘
In the places where coronavirus cases are rare, Fauci explained, health officials can identify those who are sick and ask them to ‘track down’ by identifying who they have been in contact with. From there, he said, it’s a matter of quarantining those people.
But in places like New York or New Orleans, where the outbreak is worst, Fauci said the only possible strategy is “mitigation” – trying to prevent the spread as best as possible. ‘
On a more positive note, Fauci explained, there is reason to believe that once someone who has contracted the coronavirus has removed the infection, they will be immune to it.
And if that turns out to be the case, populations can develop so-called ‘herd immunity’.
“Once you are infected, can you become infected again?” Fauci asked rhetorically. “We haven’t done the specific tests to determine that, but if this works like any similar virus we know, the chances are that if you get infected, you recover from infection, that you don’t get infected with the same virus.
Which means that you can then safely enter the community and feel immune, so that not only can you protect yourself and get back to work, you can go back to work, but you will be able to experience so-called herd immunity to have, “he continued. “Enough people have been restored to the community. That gives the virus very little chance to spread quickly. That is what is called the herd’s immunity. ‘
Fauci has painted a strong picture for young people, who may think they are immune to the virus, or those who compare its risks to seasonal flu.
“If people compare it a little bit, it has similarities in some ways, but it’s really very different in severity,” Fauci said. “The seasonal flu death rate that you and I have to deal with every year is about 0.1 percent. Total mortality from coronavirus is approximately 1 percent. Sometimes, like in China, it was 2 or 3 percent, meaning it’s at least 10 times more severe than the typical flu. ‘
Fauci explained that while only a ‘very, very small minority’ of young people could become seriously ill with coronavirus, there are still major risks in addition to the chance of it being spread among older people more prone to the infection.
“First, you need to protect yourself, because you are not completely exempt from a serious illness, but second, you can become the vector or carrier of infection, where you become infected, feel good and then let it through to you unintentionally and innocently grandpa or your grandma or your uncle who is receiving chemotherapy against cancer. ‘
Fauci also said it’s important not to overwhelm emergency care, saying people should “stay home” if they are symptomatic, call their health care providers or local health officials and follow instructions.
According to the Associated Press, half a million people worldwide are currently infected with the virus, while deaths have risen above 23,000.