Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, is wary of using herd immunity through widespread infection as a means of controlling the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that “you will consume many dead. “
Fauci, a member of the White House task force COVID-19, spoke to host Margaret Hoover while appearing on PBS ‘ Firing Line Friday night. He discussed at length how the country was responding to the ongoing pandemic, including how the United States could allow coronavirus.
As a possibility, Hoover asked Fauci about the Great Barrington Declaration, a petition signed by more than 10,000 scientists suggesting that COVID-19 lockdowns “have a detrimental effect on the short-term and long-term public health.”;
The petition, in which co-authors include medical professors at Harvard, Oxford and Stanford universities, instead argues for a strategy called “protection protection.” Proponents of the method for protecting the most vulnerable to coronavirus and the rest of the population should “immediately allow life to continue as normal.”
The White House accepted the declaration, Hoover said, but Fauci said it was impossible to fully protect the country’s most vulnerable population. While the immunologist said that imposing another lockdown round as seen earlier this year was “not the solution,” neither was the idea that the US would suddenly save a “large proportion” of Americans.
The declaration, Fauci said, indicates that state and health officials will “do nothing to prevent infection,” such as enforcing face mask mandates and social distance measures, because the main focus is creating measures to protect people in extended care facilities.
This is problematic because up to 30 percent of the general population falls into the “weak” category – meaning they will face serious consequences if they become infected with coronavirus, including hospitalization and even death, Fauci said.
“So, if you think you have the ability – which we have shown so far we can not do that – all of a sudden mysteriously protect all obese people, people with diabetes, people with hypertension, people with there is chronic lung disease, “Fauci said,” I said, and many, many, many of my public health colleagues say, if you think you will do that, you will eat a lot of dead people.
“And that’s what we really want to avoid.”
The authors of the Great Barrington Declaration recognize that “all populations will reach the safety of the flock,” and the goal should be “to reduce mortality and social damage until we reach immunity. “
Fauci earlier mentioned in the interview that the idea of ”building safety in the herd” of widespread infection “poses many risks to it,” and “neither is it a definite means” of long-term protection, since the rate of reunification is not not yet known.
Despite declaring that the number of deaths and injuries in society should be reduced until flock safety is reached, one of the co-authors, Drs. Martin Kulldorff, previously said. Newsweek via email “they do not promote a ‘immunity strategy’.”
“Homeland safety is not a strategy, but a proven scientific phenomenon, such as gravity, and you would not say that an airplane pilot uses a ‘gravity strategy’ to land an airplane. whatever strategy is used, we will reach the flock sooner or later immunity, like a plane that lands on one way or another, “Kulldorff wrote.
Fauci discussed the current state of the US pandemic, telling Hoover that “we are not in a place where I wish we were.”
The US averages 50,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, and most states have seen an increase in their case numbers over the past week. Fauci expects the country to begin to see the baseline level of daily infections at “even less than 10,000,” but it seems the US is going “the opposite.”
The colder months of autumn and winter present new challenges for the pandemic, as more people go inside the house where the virus has a better chance of spreading. “Whenever you come in contact with a respiratory infection, it always makes it more problematic,” Fauci says.
The health official offered some hope in the form of a vaccine, predicting that Americans are likely to get an announcement by the end of the calendar year, but the level of effectiveness is yet to be determined.
Fauci predicted that “some aspects” of the coronavirus are here to stay, that it will not “just disappear.” But with a combination of good public health measures, implemented at the global level, and an effective vaccine taken by the majority of the population, “we get a very low level of infection … it’s getting thinner.”
“I think we will not eradicate it, but I think we will get better control than we have now with a universally implemented vaccine and good public health measures,” Fauci said.