As of today in the U.S., there are more than 4.2 million recorded coronavirus infections and 148,000 deaths since the pandemic began. The world’s leading health experts say thousands more people could lose their lives in the coming months. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is among them.Dr. Fauci certain COVID-19 is far from over
“If you look at the deaths as they’re occurring right now — about 1,000 per day — unless we get our arms around this and get it suppressed, we are going to have further suffering and further death. That’s the reason why, as I’ve often said many, many times, there are things that we can do right now in the absence of a vaccine that can turn us around,” said Fauci.
Fauci said Wednesday, July 22, that he doesn’t think COVID-19 will ever be fully eradicated but noted it can be controlled.
“I don’t see this disappearing the way SARS 1 did,” Fauci said.
COVID-19 vs. SARS
The SARS outbreak began in 2003 and lasted several months affecting mostly Asian countries. But in what now seems like a short couple of months, it was contracted by more than 8,000 people in 29 countries and claimed 774 lives.
COVID-19 has had a far greater impact than SARS because it is far more contagious. Worldwide, there have been more than 15 million cases, including 618,000 deaths. “It is so efficient in its ability to transmit from human to human that I think we ultimately will get control of it. I don’t really see us eradicating it,” said Fauci.
Ongoing dispute with Trump
President Trump has disagreed with Fauci since the beginning of the virus. The President has repeatedly said that the virus will eventually “just disappear,” even though that is rare for most infectious diseases.
Fauci, who remains a member of the White House coronavirus task force, responded to Trump’s criticism of him as “a little bit of an alarmist” on the pandemic by saying he prefers to think of himself as “a realist.”
“I think with a good combination of good public health measures, a degree of global herd immunity and a good vaccine, which I do hope and feel cautiously optimistic we will get, I think when you put all three of those together we will get very good control of this. Whether it’s this year or next year, I’m not certain,” Dr. Fauci added.
Fauci said, “We’ll bring it down to such a low level that we will not be in the position we are right now for an extended period of time.”