Dr Fauci describes 3 ways the United States can emulate South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand – and control the spread of the coronavirus

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Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered candid messages to the public in an online video interview Thursday evening. He told actor Matthew McConaughey that there were three main reasons many island and Asian countries have been successful in controlling the coronavirus better than the United States, and said he is politicizing the virus.

In the absence of a vaccine, Fauci told McConaughey that social distancing, regular hand washing and face masks are the only alternatives because “herd immunity” – where those who are immune protect the most vulnerable in the population. – is not feasible for the coronavirus. This requires a very high level of immunity of the population against COVID-19 and that the virus does not mutate.
Fauci also said aiming for 100% herd immunity, instead of upholding safety procedures and waiting for a vaccine in early 2021, would have dire consequences. “If everyone has contracted it, a lot of people are going to die,” he said. “You are talking about a substantial part of the population. The death toll would be huge and totally unacceptable. Instead, he described three key steps:

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“The faster you get together and get off, the faster you get back to normal. We’re all in the same boat. ‘
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– Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases

1. Outside, it’s better than inside: In an interview on Instagram FB,
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McConaughey asked Fauci if some smaller island nations were having more success against the coronavirus because they spent more time outdoors. Fauci replied: “It is conceivable that this is the case. Fauci added that the outdoors is far better for sports, eating out, and holding classes at school.

In response to a question about the politicization of the virus, he compared the pandemic to other difficult times in US history. “Our country has gone through very, very difficult situations. We’ve been through a depression, we’ve been through a world war. We pulled ourselves together during September 11. But, he added, if you don’t take precautions, “you are part of the problem rather than the solution.”
2. Stop decisively to stop epidemics: And asked why so many Asian countries have had relative success in controlling COVID-19 outbreaks, Fauci said, “When they closed, they closed like, ‘Bang!’ When we closed our doors, it was never at the level of Asian countries. Fauci said the stop / start and disparate approaches to shutdown in the United States were not working either.
Fauci also said it was not a simple choice between public health and economic health. “The faster you get together and get off, the faster you get back to normal. We are all in the same boat. Unless we do this together, we are not going to get this under control, ”he said. “Thinking that you can ignore the biologic and turn the economy back on, that’s not going to happen. You have to do both. “
3. Contract tracing helps stop community transmission. Fauci said it was crucial to create the conditions for authorities to trace contact and prevent community transmission. He used sport as an example. “If you’re in a red zone where the virus level is so high, you can certainly try to exercise normally, but there’s a good chance you will infect people,” he says.
Young people who play or attend sporting events are more likely to become “super propagators” and behave as if they don’t have the virus and are the source of community transmissions, Fauci said. This makes it almost impossible to control an outbreak. “A lot of them will be young, so they won’t get sick. They go into the community.
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Countries like South Korea, New Zealand and China – where the virus is believed to have originated from a food market in Wuhan late last year – have had more success in combating COVID-19 . Earlier this week, for example, New Zealand acted quickly to lock down Auckland after COVID returned after 102 days without reporting a new infection.
“Act as if you have COVID, and as if the people around you have COVID,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference. The island nation has acted swiftly and decisively to respond to the pandemic, barring non-New Zealand nationals from traveling from China before there are any cases in the country, and nationals who have arrived from China have been forced to quarantine for 14 days.
COVID-19 has now killed at least 759,716 people worldwide and the United States ranks 10th in the world for deaths per 100,000 people (50.7), according to Johns Hopkins University. In contrast, South Korea recorded 0.59 COVID-related deaths per 100,000 people, Singapore reported only 0.48 COVID-related deaths per 100,000 people, while New Zealand had a rate of 0.45 .
The United States, with a population of approximately 372 million, reported 5,254,171 cases of coronavirus and 167,242 deaths on Friday. South Korea, a nation of 51 million people, has reported 14,873 coronavirus cases and 305 deaths. Singapore, with a population of 5.8 million, has recorded 55,497 cases and 27 deaths. New Zealand, an island nation of 4.9 million people, has recorded 1,602 cases and 22 deaths.
Le Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA,
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et S&P 500 SPX,
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finished slightly lower on Thursday, while the Nasdaq Composite COMP,
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ended slightly higher as investors waited for progress between Democrats and Republicans on the second round of a fiscal stimulus and progress on a possible vaccine. Globally, the virus has infected at least 20,924,603 people.
A plethora of companies are currently working on COVID-19 vaccines: AstraZeneca AZN,
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GlaxoSmithKline GSK,
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