Fauci on Covid-19

Dr.Anthony Fauci has indicated recently that he and other experts recommended in mid-February that the government take strong preventive action against Covid-19, only to be rebuffed by the Trump Administration. But a public statement in February tells a different story. According to an interview published in USA Today on February 19, “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be testing for the cornavirus in people in five major cities who show up at clinics with flu-like symptoms but who test negative for the seasonal varieties.If that testing shows the virus has slipped into the country in places federal officials don’t know about, “we’ve got a problem,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told USA TODAY’s Editorial Board Monday.Short of that, Fauci says skip the masks unless you are contagious, don’t worry about catching anything from Chinese products and certainly don’t avoid Chinese people or restaurants.  “Whenever you have the threat of a transmissible infection, there are varying degrees from understandable to outlandish extrapolations of fear,” This hardly suggests that Fauci then had in mind the drastic measures that have since been instituted.

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5:06 pm on April 13, 2020

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