Leading infectious disease expert from President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force told the Wall Street newspaper an end to negotiations would be good to reduce future transmissions of the new coronavirus and would also reduce the number of influenza cases.
In a large interview with The newspaper podcast, NIAID director hoped to see “the light at the end of the tunnel” by the end of April.
Speaking of the possible return to normal life, Dr. Fauci said: “When you come back gradually, you don’t jump in with both feet. You say what are the things you could still do and still get back to normal. One of them is absolute compulsive hand washing. The other is that you will never shake anyone’s hand. “
He also suggested that people might want to wear “cloth face protection” if they couldn’t avoid being within six feet of others as life begins to flow again.
When host Kate Linebaugh pointed out that Fauci and other members of the coronavirus task force were not six feet apart from each other during pandemic briefings, the expert in matter of disease said, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of good here. The working group of the working group is a little different.
“Since we are around the president … it must be clear that we are not putting him in danger. So I get tested frequently and I take my temperature eight, nine times a day. Each time you go to a different room in the White House, you take your temperature.
“So I don’t think you should judge the use of masks and physical separation or not what you see with the task force for the rest of the country, it’s really different. “
When asked to paint a picture of what life would be like after the worst of the new coronaviruses passed, Dr. Fauci said he could see the country return to normal by limiting the number of people who could to be in a restaurant. or event at any time.
“But can I as a New York resident kiss my 77-year-old mother with vulnerable respiratory systems?” Linebaugh asked.
“I mean, I don’t think you should do it now. You are in New York. You are in a very vulnerable position when it comes to infection, “replied Fauci.
“But when it goes down, and goes down to almost zero, when we get there, then I think what is important … there is an antibody test which will be widely distributed very soon, in the coming weeks, which will allow us to know whether you have been infected or not. “
He said, “I can imagine a situation where you have an antibody test and you are absolutely certain that you were infected and did well, so you could hug your grandmother without worrying. “
Later in the podcast, Trump’s best coronavirus doctor said, “I don’t think we’re ever going to go back to the lack of attention in free flight on the communicability of infections. I think people will be careful.
“I don’t think we should ever shake hands ever again, to be honest with you. Not only would it be good to prevent coronaviruses, but it would probably decrease the flu cases in this country considerably. “
Newsweek has contacted NIAID for more comments and will update with any response.
President Trump revealed late last month that the social distancing guidelines will be extended until April 30. He also warned that he expected the number of coronavirus deaths to peak in a few weeks.
“The peak death rate is expected to reach two weeks,” Trump said on March 29. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory. “
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox Business on Tuesday that he hoped the coronavirus shutdown would not last more than eight weeks, adding that the president was looking into how parts of the economy could be reopened.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on using face coatings to slow the spread of COVID-19
- The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by infected people and those who have no symptoms.
- Cloth face covers can be made from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
- Cloth face covers should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
- Practice safe removal of the face covers by not touching the eyes, nose and mouth and wash your hands immediately after removing the covering.
Advice from the World Health Organization to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based disinfectant.
- Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; to treat the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after going to the bathroom; when the hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
- Keep a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from anyone who coughs or sneezes.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a folded handkerchief or elbow when you cough or sneeze. Discard the tissue immediately and wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with others if you have symptoms.
- Stay home if you don’t feel well, even with mild symptoms such as headache and a runny nose, to avoid the potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
- If you develop severe symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), seek medical advice quickly and contact the local health authorities in advance.
- Note any recent contact with other people and details of the trip to provide to the authorities who can trace and prevent the spread of the disease.
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments published by health authorities and follow their advice.
Use of mask and gloves
- Healthy people should only wear a mask if they are caring for a sick person.
- Wear a mask if you cough or sneeze.
- Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
- Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Wash your hands if you touch the mask.
- Learn how to properly put on, take off and remove masks. Wash your hands after throwing away the mask.
- Do not reuse disposable masks.
- Washing your bare hands regularly is more effective against COVID-19 capture than wearing rubber gloves.
- The COVID-19 virus can still be detected on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.