We won’t be able to eradicate coronavirus, Dr. Fauci said in another ominous warning
Not a single day goes by without some kind of gloom and doom news from the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Today, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, warns the coronavirus won’t ever be eradicated.
While the virus will not disappear, it’s possible world leaders and public health officials could work to bring the virus down to “low levels,” Dr. Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said during an interview with the TB Alliance. Fauci said Wednesday it is unlikely the coronavirus will ever be eradicated.
“I think with a combination of good public health measures, a degree of global herd immunity and a good vaccine, which I do hope and feel cautiously optimistic that we will get, I think when we put all three of those together, we will get control of this, whether it’s this year or next year. I’m not certain. I don’t really see us eradicating it”
Fauci’s comments are quite the opposite of President Donald Trump, who maintained his claim Tuesday evening that the virus would disappear. The president’s remark comes amid warnings from experts, including at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that Covid-19 cases and deaths could rise this fall.
“The virus will disappear. It will disappear,” Trump said during a White House briefing on the pandemic.
Fauci also compares coronovirus to the common cold. He added that it is unlikely going to morph into somethhing similar to common cold: “I have never seen infection in which you have such a broad range literally no symptoms at all in a substantial proportion of the population to some who get ill with minor symptoms to some who get ill enough to be in bed for weeks,” he said. “Others get hospitalized, require oxygen, intensive care, ventilation and death. The involvement with the same pathogen is very unique.”