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Fauci warns 4 states whose coronavirus numbers he says don’t look good – KTRK-TV

NEW YORK — Several states including Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana need to get the virus under control or risk watching their transmission rates get out of control, warned Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

In an interview livestreamed on ABC News’ Instagram on Wednesday, Fauci said he and Dr. Deborah Birx — the White House coordinator on the coronavirus task force — delivered the warning to the states’ governors in a private phone call on Tuesday.

He said Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana are among those states starting to show a subtle increase in “percent positives” — the percentage of total tests with positive results.

That’s “a surefire hint that you may be getting into the same sort of trouble with those states that the southern states got into trouble with,” he told Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ chief medical correspondent.

Fauci said he and Birx “made the point” in the call with governors that these states need to take push residents to wear masks, avoid crowds, avoid the bars and wash hands.

“If we do that, hopefully we’ll prevent multiple other states from becoming just like the southern states,” he said.

Fauci’s warning comes after case counts were on the rise this summer, particularly in places like Texas, Florida and Arizona. The U.S. death count on Wednesday hit 150,000, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.

In his interview, Fauci said Asian and European countries have done better to get transmission rates under control in part because they were so firm in shutting down this spring. Fauci has estimated that only about half of the U.S. stayed home, allowing the virus to continue infecting people at exponential rates and overwhelming many hospitals, particularly across the South.

The current U.S. rate of 50,000 to 60,000 a day is “still not optimal,” he said.

On schools, Fauci — whose daughter is a teacher — reiterated his position that everything possible should be done to reopen schools but that doing so might not be realistic in areas where the virus is raging.

“I don’t think there’s gonna be a one-size-fits-all here,” he said. “I think we got to be careful with the main thought being, we want to try as best as possible to get the children back to school.”

When asked about his own fitness regimen, Fauci, who turns 80 this December, said he still likes to run despite a work schedule that goes well into the night. He said he typically gets up at 5 a.m. every morning, grabs juice or eggs and will drink two “very strong” double espressos as he tackles his email.

He says he often works well into the night.

“Sleep is the one thing that’s really suffered in all this,” he said.

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Fauci responds to Trump tweet: ‘I have not been misleading the American public’ – New York Post

July 28, 2020 | 11:39am | Updated July 28, 2020 | 3:50pm

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday pushed back at President Trump for suggesting that he had misled Americans in his role as the nation’s top infectious diseases expert and member of the White House coronavirus pandemic task force.

Asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about the president’s retweeting a post claiming Fauci has “misled the American public on many issues,” the doctor offered a strong retort.

“’I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances,” the 79-year-old said.

“I don’t tweet. I don’t even read them so I don’t really want to go there,” Fauci said on GMA. “I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out because I think it’s very important.”

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that he would “certainly continue” to do his job.

“We’re in the middle of a crisis with regard to an epidemic, a pandemic, this is what I do, this is what I’ve been trained for my entire professional life, and I’ll continue to do it,” he said.

The top expert recently also rejected Trump’s characterization of him as “a little bit of an alarmist” about the pandemic – saying he prefers to think of himself as “a realist.”

Fauci’s comments came after the president fired off a series of tweets Monday night in defense of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the deadly bug.

One of the messages Trump retweeted — and was later removed by Twitter– included a woman who claimed to be a Houston doctor surrounded by others in white lab coats who called themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors.”

Conservative media outlet Breitbart News published the video of the group standing outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, as they staged a press conference.

In the post — which has since been flagged by Twitter and removed from the Trump’s feed – the group advocated for the medication and discouraging people from wearing face masks, according to the news outlet.

The woman asserted that “you don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and argued that recent studies showing hydroxychloroquine is ineffective against the virus are “fake science” sponsored by “fake pharma companies.”

“This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax,” the woman said. “You don’t need masks, there is a cure.”

Her claims run in contrast to several studies on the drug and advice from a number of public health officials to prevent spread of the disease.

“The overwhelming prevailing clinical trials that have looked at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it is not effective in [treating the] coronavirus disease,” Fauci said Tuesday.

The video garnered over 14 million views before it was taken down Monday night for “sharing false information.”

“We removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19,” a Facebook rep told The Post in an email.

Twitter also worked to remove the video Monday night.

“Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” a Twitter rep told The Post. “We are continuing to take action on new and existing Tweets with the video.”

By early Tuesday, the videos were no longer able to be viewed on the president’s account.

Twitter also took action on a version of the footage posted by Donald Trump Jr. and others.

YouTube also yanked the video after it had been viewed more than 40,000 times.

According to the website for America’s Frontline Doctors, the group is led by LA-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold.

In May, she told The Associated Press that she wanted to speak out against stay-home orders because there was “no scientific basis that the average American should be concerned” about the pandemic.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci isn’t ‘particularly concerned’ about safety of Moderna coronavirus vaccine – CNBC

Dr. Anthony Fauci (R), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, participates in the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday he is “not particularly concerned” about the safety risk of a potential coronavirus vaccine by Moderna, despite the fact that it uses new technology to fight the virus. 

The vaccine, which entered a large phase-three human trial Monday, uses messenger ribonucleic acid, or mRNA molecules, to provoke an immune response to fight the virus. Scientists hope mRNA, which relays genetic instructions from DNA, can be used to train the immune system to recognize and destroy the virus. While early studies show promise, mRNA technology has never been used to make a successful vaccine before.

“It’s a novel technology. We are certainly aware of the fact that there’s not as much experience with this type of platform as there are with other standards,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters on a conference call alongside National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins.

“I’m not particularly concerned,” Fauci said. “But I don’t want a lack of severe concern to get in the way that we are keeping an open mind to look for any possible deleterious effects as we get into and through the phase-three trial.”

Scientists could know whether a potential coronavirus vaccine by Moderna works as early as October but will likely have the full results by November, Fauci said.

Moderna, which is working in collaboration with the NIH, announced earlier in the day that it began its late-stage trial for its vaccine. The trial will enroll at least 30,000 participants across at least 87 locations, according to ClinicalTrials.gov. Participants in the experimental arm will receive a 100 microgram dose of the potential vaccine on the first day and another 29 days later. Some patients will receive a placebo.

If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Moderna’s experimental vaccine would be the first of its kind. Researchers will follow participants after the phase-three trial for one year to monitor the vaccine’s potential safety risks and two years to monitor its efficacy, Fauci said. 

Fauci said he hopes the vaccine will have an efficacy of at least 60%, meaning on average the vaccine reduces a person’s risk of a Covid-19 infection by 60%. “Obviously, we would like to see it much, much higher. But 60% is the standard that you do for the cutoff. That’s not unusual,” he said. “I would like to see the highest percentage that we could possibly get.”

Fauci touted the potential vaccine as a huge achievement, saying the time it took from getting the virus’ genetic sequence to a phase-three trial was a record for the United States.

The comments by Fauci came days after he said a coronavirus vaccine likely won’t be “widely available” to the American public until “several months” into 2021.

Public health officials and scientists expect to know whether at least one of the numerous potential Covid-19 vaccines in development is safe and effective by the end of December or early next year, he said during a live Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday.

“It is likely that at the beginning of next year we would have tens of millions of doses available,” Fauci said, adding that some drugmakers have predicted more doses than that. “I think as we get into 2021, several months in, that you would have vaccines that would be widely available.”

Though scientists expect to have an effective vaccine widely available by next year, there is never a guarantee. While drugmakers are racing to make millions of doses of vaccines, there’s a chance the vaccine will require two doses rather than one, potentially further limiting the number of people who can get vaccinated once a vaccine becomes available, experts say.

Moderna said it remains on track to deliver between 500 million and 1 billion doses per year starting next year.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says he hasn’t thought about resigning despite White House criticism – CNBC

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci attends the daily coronavirus briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 09, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. unemployment claims have approached 17 million over the past three weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hasn’t thought about resigning despite criticism in recent days from President Donald Trump and other administration officials about his response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said he told the White House he found it “bizarre” and thought the administration made a “big mistake,” but his job is too critical to quit now, according to an interview in “The Atlantic” magazine published Wednesday. Almost 3.5 million Americans have contracted Covid-19 so far and at least 136,400 have died from the virus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

“I think the problem is too important for me to get into those kinds of thoughts and discussions,” he said, according to an edited transcript of the interview. “I just want to do my job. I’m really good at it. I think I can contribute. And I’m going to keep doing it.”

Fauci was appointed director of NIAID in 1984 and has worked under six U.S. presidents. 

The comment by Fauci came amid claims that the White House is seeking to discredit the top infectious disease expert as the coronavirus continues to rapidly spread across the U.S. In a scathing op-ed published Tuesday, Trump’s trade advisor Peter Navarro criticized Fauci, saying he “has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”

The president has also been critical of Fauci recently. During an interview Thursday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump said, “Dr. Fauci’s a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.

“They’ve been wrong about a lot of things, including face masks,” he said. “Maybe they’re wrong, maybe not. A lot of them said don’t wear a mask, don’t wear a mask. Now they’re saying wear a mask. A lot of mistakes were made, a lot of mistakes.”

Fauci told “The Atlantic” he doesn’t know why he’s been criticized recently, adding that he stands by everything he said about the pandemic. 

“Contextually, at the time I said it, it was absolutely true … [The White House document] is totally wrong. It’s nonsense. It’s completely wrong. The whole thing is wrong. The whole thing is incorrect,” he said. 

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Fauci on COVID-19 vaccine development: ‘We have responsibility to the entire planet’ – NBC News

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Friday the development of a coronavirus vaccine must be for the benefit of all countries, calling it a “responsibility to the entire planet.”

That responsibility is “not just to the individual country that’s making the vaccine,” he said during a virtual presentation at the COVID-19 Conference.

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Because of this, he continued, the companies that the U.S. government is working with are “already in discussion to start gearing up to make hundreds of millions of doses.” Some companies are promising to have a billion doses of a vaccine within a year or so, he added.

There were likely to be several types of vaccines for the virus, which work in different ways.

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Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, likened the development of these different vaccines to taking “multiple shots on goal” in hockey. There are “some that you could get off quickly and ramp up quickly, some that have more experience, and some that we know are tried and true.”

An mRNA vaccine was one that researchers were able to get off the ground quickly, he said. Moderna, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company, started the first clinical trial in the United States with its mRNA-based vaccine in March. This type of vaccine uses genetic material to teach cells how to defend against the coronavirus.

Another type of vaccine, which uses the virus’ protein to teach cells to fight it, took longer to develop but was not any less important, he said.

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The COVID-19 Conference brought together experts from around the world to discuss the latest science on the disease that’s infected more than 12 million people globally and caused more than 550,000 deaths.

During the same session, Fauci pointed out the challenges of containing the spread of the virus from asymptomatic individuals.

“The situation that we’re facing in the U.S. is significant and serious in that we have community spread in areas where many of these individuals are without symptoms,” he said. “That is complicating our task.”

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, who also spoke at Friday’s session, noted the importance of finding asymptomatic cases.

“This is something that has been done so extraordinarily well in HIV, where you have to find the asymptomatic individuals to stop community spread,” she said. “Same principle in this respiratory disease.”

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Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is ‘knee-deep’ in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is ‘really not good’ – USA TODAY

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WASHINGTON – Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday that the U.S. handle on the coronavirus outbreak is “really not good” and that action is needed to curb the spread.

In an interview via Facebook Live, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said, “We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this. And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline.”

New cases in the USA have reached record highs, climbing to about 50,000 a day. Nearly 3 million Americans have contracted the virus, and more than 130,000 have died, according to data from John Hopkins University.

Fauci, speaking online with the National Institutes of Health, linked the surge in part to cities and states that may have reopened too quickly. 

“A series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases,” Fauci said in the chat with NIH Director Francis Collins. 

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According to John Hopkins University, at least 32 states report higher rates of new cases this week compared with prior periods.

“The European Union as an entity, it went up and then came down to baseline,” Fauci said. “Now they’re having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen. We went up, never came down to baseline, and now it’s surging back up. So it’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately.”

Fauci warned Congress last week that new coronavirus infections could increase to 100,000 a day if the nation doesn’t get its surge of cases under control.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force has all but halted public briefings, and President Donald Trump’s administration has offered conflicting messaging on everything from the existence of the surge to how individuals should respond. 

Trump claimed during his Fourth of July remarks that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.”

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. coronavirus outbreak is ‘going to be very disturbing,’ could top 100,000 new cases a day – CNBC

The U.S. is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic and daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues at its current pace, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday.

The country is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day — almost double from about 22,800 in mid-May — driven largely by outbreaks in a number of states across the South and West. Fauci said about 50% of all new cases are coming from four states: Florida, California, Texas and Arizona.

“I can’t make an accurate prediction but it’s going to be very disturbing,” Fauci told senators in a hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”

The number of new cases reported each day in the U.S. is now outpacing April, when the virus rocked Washington state and parts of the Northeast, especially the New York City metropolitan area. 

The U.S. averaged 39,750 new cases per day over the past seven days as of Monday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That average has risen by more than 40% compared with a week ago. As of Tuesday morning, the seven-day average of daily new cases reported rose by more than 5% week over week in 40 states, according to the data. 

Fauci’s comments came in response to a question from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who asked whether the U.S. is heading in the right direction in terms of controlling the outbreak.

“Well I think the numbers speak for themselves,” Fauci said. “I’m very concerned and I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we really have got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly.”

Outbreaks in states like Florida and Texas also threaten to disrupt the progress states like New York and New Jersey have so far made in driving down the outbreak in the Northeast, Fauci said. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut last week announced they would mandate 14-day quarantines for any travelers coming from a states with rapidly expanding outbreaks. Nonetheless, Fauci said increased infection anywhere in the country threatens to spread everywhere.

“I guarantee you that because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though in other parts of the country they’re doing well, they are vulnerable,” Fauci said. “I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference. We can’t just focus on those areas that are having a surge, it puts the entire country at risk.”

The outbreaks might be partly driven by states that reopened too soon and might have disregarded some of the federal guidance meant to help states restart safely, Fauci said.

“We’ve got to make sure that when states start to try to open again, they need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out with regard to checkpoints,” Fauci said earlier Tuesday. He added that some states might be “going too quickly” with regard to reopening and “skipping over some of the checkpoints.”

While much of the country was still shutdown in April, the White House published guidance to help states reopen businesses and parts of society to try to avoid a major resurgence of the virus. The guidance included recommendations like waiting to reopen until daily new cases steadily fall for 14 days, ramping up testing and contact tracing, and increasing hospital capacity.

However, the guidance was not mandatory and a number of the first and most aggressive states to reopen have since seen daily new cases spiral into full-fledged outbreaks, prompting officials to pause or reverse reopening efforts. Fauci added that it’s not just states that reopened early with outbreaks. In other states, expanding outbreaks could indicate that the public is not heeding public health precautions such as mask wearing and physical distancing.

Even in states where governors and mayors “did it right with the right recommendations, we saw visually in clips and in photographs of individuals in the community doing an all-or-none phenomenon, which is dangerous,” he said. “By all or none I mean, either be locked down or open up in a way where you see people at bars not wearing masks, not avoiding crowds, not paying attention to physical distancing.”

The “disregard of recommendations” that public health officials and scientists have made in response to the pandemic needs to be addressed, Fauci said. He urged people to follow the guidelines, practice physical distancing and wear a mask.

“I think the attitude of pushing back from authority and pushing back on scientific data is very concerning,” Fauci said. “We’re in the middle of catastrophic outbreak and we really do need to be guided by scientific principles.”

Fauci was responding to a question from Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, who said “we do not have enough tests and we do not have enough contact tracers.” 

Fauci has previously said some states are not conducting enough testing for the size of the outbreak they are dealing with and that contact-tracing efforts in the U.S. “is not going well.”

Contact tracing occurs when trained personnel contact infected people to investigate how they got Covid-19 and who they might have passed it to. Along with widespread testing and the ability to isolate potentially infectious people, tracing is an age-old public health intervention that is now being ramped up at an unprecedented scale.

“To just say you’re going to go out and identify, contact trace and isolate, that doesn’t mean anything until you do it,” Fauci told CNBC’s Meg Tirrell last week. “Not checking the box that you did it, but actually do it. Get people on the ground. Not on the phone. When you identify somebody, have a place to put them to get them out of social interaction.”

— CNBC’s Jasmine Kim and Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.

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Fauci warns coronavirus vaccine “unlikely” to provide herd immunity if portion of population refuse it – CBS News

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Washington — Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading experts on infectious diseases, warned Sunday that it’s “unlikely” the U.S. will achieve herd immunity to the coronavirus if a portion of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine.

In an interview that aired Sunday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, Fauci said he would “settle” for a coronavirus vaccine that is between 70% and 75% effective, “because that would bring you to that level that would be herd immunity level.”

But when asked by CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen whether the U.S. can get to herd immunity if 25% of the population refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine with that rate of effectiveness, Fauci said, “No, unlikely.”

“That’s one of the reasons why we have to make sure we engage the community as we’re doing now, to get community people to help us, for people to understand that we are doing everything we can to show that it’s safe and that it’s effective and that it’s for the good of them as individuals and in society to take the vaccine,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said.

Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said the federal government has “a lot of work to do” in encouraging Americans to get inoculated once there is a coronavirus vaccine available to the public.

“There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country, an alarmingly large percentage of people relatively speaking,” he said.

Fauci said it’s unlikely any vaccine will be 100% protective against the coronavirus, and he noted the best vaccine available, which protects against measles, is 97% effective with two doses.

Several companies are currently working on developing a coronavirus vaccine, and the Trump administration launched Operation Warp Speed earlier this year to speed up development and distribution.

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services said it is partnering with drug maker AstraZeneca for at least 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and is throwing $1.2 billion behind that effort.

Earlier this month, Fauci told the Journal of the American Medical Association there are four or five trials underway for vaccine candidates, and he expects the U.S. will have millions of doses of a vaccine by year’s end.

He reiterated Sunday that several companies say that by the beginning of 2021 and into next year, there will be hundreds of millions of doses available.

“If that’s true and we’ll take them on their word, then you and I and others could have a vaccine that we might be able to take in December or January or February,” Fauci said.

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Fauci: Institutional racism playing role in disproportionate coronavirus impact on Black community | TheHill – The Hill

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Trump refuses to say if he slowed down coronavirus testing | US COVID-19 cases rise, marking ugly contrast with Europe | Trump health officials to testify on continued dangers of coronavirus pandemic Trump health officials to testify on continued dangers of coronavirus pandemic 12 Texas bars temporarily lose alcohol permits for violating coronavirus restrictions MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Tuesday that he thinks institutional racism has played a role in the disproportionate impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on the Black community in the U.S. 

“Obviously the African American community has suffered from racism for a very, very long period of time and I cannot imagine that that has not contributed to the conditions that they find themselves in economically and otherwise,” Fauci said while testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

The comments from Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, came in response to questions from Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushBobby Rush likens Chicago police union to KKK: ‘Racist body of criminal lawlessness’ Rep. Bobby Rush says Chicago officers lounged in his office as nearby stores were looted The Hill’s Morning Report – DC preps for massive Saturday protest; Murkowski breaks with Trump MORE (D-Ill.) about the role institutional racism and structural discrimination has played during the pandemic. 

Fauci: “Would I consider institutional racism as contributing?…Obviously the African American community has suffered from racism for a very, very long period of time and I cannot imagine that hasn’t contributed….so the answer, congressman, is ‘yes.’” pic.twitter.com/pAI1lU6zu5

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Fauci said during the hearing that a combination of factors could explain why the African American and other minority communities were being affected by the virus at disproportionate levels. 

“One is the risk of infection. Because of economic and other considerations, the jobs that the majority of them would find themselves in does not allow them to protect themselves by looking into a computer and doing telework,” Fauci said. “Most of them are … on the outside, having to mingle in a society in which the virus is circulating. So right at the get go, they have a greater risk of getting infected.”

He added that a second factor relates to the prevalence of underlying health conditions among certain demographics. 

“We know from a lot of experience now, that the situation regarding whether or not you have serious consequences, hospitalizations, intubations, complications and death relate very strongly to the prevalence and incidence of underlying co-morbid conditions, which are clearly more expressed in the African American population than the rest of the population,” he said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. had reported more than 2.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and nearly 121,000 deaths from it. Data emerged early on that the virus was disproportionately affecting Black and Latino communities. 

New statistics released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week showed that African Americans enrolled in Medicare were four times more likely to be hospitalized because of the virus than white Americans, NPR reported. Latinos were also about two times more likely to be hospitalized than white people, according to the study. 

The findings came as the nation has been gripped by protests over police brutality and racial injustice after the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of the police. Activists have demanded lawmakers take greater steps to combat systemic racism in the country. 

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump seeks to rally base with immigration full-court press Trump says Obama may have committed treason Poll: Biden leads Trump by more than 20 points on race and policing MORE said earlier this month that systemic racism exists “across the board” in America. 

“It’s not just in law enforcement, it’s across the board. It’s in housing, it’s in education, and it’s in everything we do. It’s real. It’s genuine. It’s serious,” he said. 

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Anthony Fauci slams WHO over coronavirus transmission claim – New York Post

June 10, 2020 | 6:54pm | Updated June 11, 2020 | 9:15am

Dr. Anthony Fauci blasted the World Health Organization Wednesday, saying an official at the international health agency was dead wrong when she claimed it was “very rare” for an infected person to transmit the deadly bug to a healthy person.

“What happened the other day is that a member of the WHO was saying that transmission from an asymptomatic person to an infected person was very rare,” Fauci said on “Good Morning America.” “They walked that back because there’s no evidence to indicate that’s the case.”

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“And in fact, the evidence that we have, given the percentage of people, which is about 25, 45 percent of the totality of infected people, likely are without symptom,” he said. “And we know from epidemiological studies that they can transmit to someone who is uninfected, even when they’re without symptoms.”

“So, to make a statement, to say that’s a rare event, was not correct, and that’s the reason why the WHO walked that back.”

At issue is a comment made Monday by Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, who said transmission from COVID-19 patients to uninfected people was unlikely.

“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Van Kerkhove said during a press briefing in Geneva.

But Van Kerkhove had to back away from the statement Tuesday after coming under fire.

“So, estimates of around 40 percent of transmission may be due to asymptomatic (cases), but those are from models,” she said at a follow-up press conference. “So, I didn’t include that in my answer yesterday but wanted to make sure that I made that clear.”

Fauci, President Trump’s infectious disease expert, told “GMA” that the coronavirus is “a very unusual infection” that remained dangerous as areas around the country and the world begin to ease lockdown restrictions.

“The range of manifestations are extraordinary,” he said. “You can have people who are infected and have no symptoms. You can have people who are infected and have mild symptoms they barely notice. Others have more severe symptoms.”

He said a vaccine for the virus could be available by the end of this year or early next year.

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