Dr. Fauci says he doesn’t think Americans should ever shake hands again to prevent the spread of the coronavirus


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said that Americans should never shake hands again to prevent the spread of coronaviruses and other diseases.

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.

Dr. Anthony Fauci at the Zika meeting
Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses the Zika virus during remarks to the Economic Club of Washington January 29, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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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.