On the frontline of the coronavirus, Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, author of the new book Uncontrolled Spread, appeared on Face the nation yesterday, to give a warning: we are still not prepared to fight pandemics. What can you do to stay safe? Read on for five essentials straight from Goittlieb – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss it Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Why did Gottlieb write a book about COVID now? “I don’t think we did an adequate job of really thinking about everything that went wrong that made us extremely vulnerable to COVID, both the early spread and the ongoing vulnerability,” he told the newspaper. Washington Post. “We haven’t done a good job keeping up with the twists and turns of this virus and the rise of the delta variant and how much has engulfed this nation. Part of the problem is we really haven’t looked at the more systemic flaws that these nation in the face of this virus. I think a lot of the initial focus was on all the political failures. And while there were plenty of political mistakes along the way, especially by the Trump administration at the beginning of the epidemic, I think many of the very caustic shortcomings were at the agency level, especially at the CDC, where in many cases we had an ill-prepared bureaucracy, and in other cases the institutions we relied on were simply not equipped and empowered to carry out the kind of response that was needed. As a result, we are constantly at risk in the evolution of COVID. We remain almost equally vulnerable to the threat of the next pandemic. I don’t think we’ve done anything to really think about how to prevent the next pandemic. And I’m surprised Congress and others at the policy level haven’t started thinking about what kind of steps we need to take to take that next pandemic. So that’s what I try to do in the book.”
“I think the intelligence commission has several tools that should be focused on this mission,” Gottlieb said. “We need to look at public health preparedness through the lens of national security. We make certain preparations for things that are unlikely to happen. But when they do happen, they are so catastrophic that we have to prepare. We can do something like this not allow us to hit us so hard again, so we have to prepare differently domestically. But internationally, we rely on other countries to tell us when they have an outbreak. That has failed repeatedly. In this case, it failed, China didn’t surface information early. They still haven’t shared the source strain. So the question is, can we still rely on the International Health Regulations and the WHO in the World Health Assembly? Are we all going to go hand in hand again and promise that we really mean this time and we’re going to share information Or should we involve our clandestine services more in this mission And I think we can use our clandestine services and more involved in this mission. There was a lot of data Transparent ly available in China in Wuhan that if we had looked for it we could have discovered it much earlier. We could have answers. Some questions we could have seen the asymptomatic spread. We could have seen the human-to-human transmission. You could have answered some important questions earlier, which would have given us a stronger answer and a two or four week head start on something like that can make a really big difference.”
“I’ve learned that we won’t answer this question if one of two things happens,” Gottlieb said. “Either we find the intermediate host, the animal that spread COVID, or there’s a whistleblower in China. Or someone close by who knows this is from a lab, comes out, defects, goes overseas. Or we intercept communications that we should not have had access. If there is no such thing, we will not be able to answer this question. This is going to be a battle of competing narratives. I think over time, the ledger side that says this could be from a lab , has gotten more robust and the side of the ledger that says this is from a natural species hasn’t really moved.”
“They didn’t understand that this didn’t spread like the flu,” Gottlieb said of the authorities. “If you’re just looking for flu symptoms, you might not see the spread of the coronavirus. So they were convinced early on that there was no spread in the community. We should have done things differently expecting this to probably happen.” spread. don’t pick up on it, which in fact was the case.” dr. Anthony Faucic has also said he wishes he knew earlier that COVID spread through asymptomatic people.
Follow Fauci’s founding principles and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.