Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, is America’s leading COVID-19 expert. His approach with the American people is thoughtful, factual, direct, and no-nonsense.
Over the past six months, Dr. Fauci has provided America with objective and reasonable insights into the coronavirus pandemic. The following are a few of the most useful and thought-provoking insights into COVID-19.
10. Asymptomatic Infections
Dr. Fauci encourages asymptomatic testing (testing of people who don’t have symptoms) to curb the virus’s spread. Because a person may have COVID and not have any symptoms, it’s vital to test people who may not show the classic COVID-19 symptoms like fevers and cough. By testing asymptomatic people, health officials can identify who may be spreading the virus without knowing it and ask them to isolate themselves.
9. Wearing Masks
Dr. Fauci promotes mask wearing to prevent the spread of COVID. Masks not only prevent the wearer from becoming infected, but it also protects others in case the wearer of the mask is infected and doesn’t know it.
8. COVID Deaths
Dr. Fauci emphasized that deaths from COVID-19 occur both in people with pre-existing conditions and people with no pre-existing conditions. Although people with pre-existing conditions are more likely to have complications from COVID, people who are young or healthy can still experience severe challenges — or even die– from a COVID infection.
7. A Return to Normal
Dr. Fauci recognizes that the battle with COVID will be a long one, and our lives will be disrupted until 2021. Although a vaccine may be available by early 2021, the distribution and manufacturing of a vaccine will take time.
6. The Status of COVID
Dr. Fauci emphasized the tenacity of this virus as it spread throughout the world. Although political officials may state that the virus may simply “disappear,” Dr. Fauci warns everyone that the virus isn’t going anywhere unless we take steps to keep it from spreading. This fall and winter may be difficult seasons for everyone. Remaining disciplined about infection control is key.
5. Holiday Gatherings
Dr. Fauci understands the desire for people to socialize during the holidays. Being with family and friends to celebrate is part of the human experience. It’s what keeps us bonded to each other. However, large holiday gatherings are what can lead to surges and deaths. For the time being, to keep everyone safe, it’s best to keep celebrations to individual homes or social distance and wear masks.
4. Long-Term COVID Side Effects
Dr. Fauci noted the evidence that there may be long-term adverse effects related to COVID infections, long after a person is no longer infected. Heart disease, fatigue, and other issues can remain even after a person seems as if they’ve recovered. The disease may not be a “one and done” type of illness. The effects may stay around for years and young, healthy people can also be affected.
3. School Reopenings
Dr. Fauci appreciates the difficult decisions that school districts must make when reopening schools. He recommends that school areas should open on a case-by-case basis, with states and districts evaluating the status of an outbreak in their area before reopening schools. Looking at how prevalent the infection is in a school’s community and keeping kids at home if the rate is high is the ideal approach. Flexibility allows schools to make decisions based on science.
2. Vaccine for COVID-19
Dr. Fauci sees positive news on the vaccine front. A safe and effective vaccine is the possible light at the end of the tunnel for the coronavirus pandemic. He sees encouraging information coming out of the current vaccine trials and is optimistic that a vaccine will be ready by the end of this year or early 2021. However, he does emphasize the need to have sufficient clinical trials prior to obtaining emergency approval for a vaccine.
1. Vitamins to Help Prevent and Infection
Dr. Fauci recommends taking vitamin D supplements to help boost your immune system. There may not be a 100% easy and effective way to prevent a COVID-19 infection. However, eating nutritious foods, staying fit, social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and — according to Dr. Fauci — taking vitamin D supplements can help lower your risk.Related: 8 Deadly COVID-19 Symptoms