It’s clear that it’s not just the weather that’s changing this fall. If Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent comments tell us anything, it’s that a fall with coronavirus may be a whole new ballgame as concerns over flu season surface, football picks up steam, and the country prepares for colder weather.
“We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter because it’s not going to be easy,” Fauci recently said during a panel at Harvard Medical School.
Fauci’s dark premonition is intended to ensure that people don’t underestimate the power of the pandemic as Covid-19 cases in the United States drop, and death rates flatten out, nationwide. Hotspots remain, and Fauci cautions that cases tend to spike once restrictions are relaxed, if done prematurely.
“It’s really quite frankly depressing to see that because you know what’s ahead,” he added.
The good news is that his interviews this week also suggest we may have learned lessons this year that could help us proceed more carefully in the fall.
Here’s Fauci on Vermont’s unusually good control over the coronavirus, when he gets his flu shot, why football season poses an even bigger challenge than baseball season, and his own supplement regimen.
As a public service, Inverse is aggregating Fauci’s comments regularly in the “Fauci Dispatch” series, as the White House has severely limited his visibility to the public.
- Read the Fauci Dispatch from September 2, 2020 here
- Read the Fauci Dispatch from August 26, 2020 here
- Read the Fauci Dispatch from August 19, 2020 here
- Read the Fauci Dispatch from August 13, 2020 here
- Read the Fauci Dispatch from August 5, 2020 here
- Read the Fauci Dispatch from July 29, 2020 here
- Read the Fauci Dispatch from July 22, 2020 here
Fauci on what Vermont did right – During a press conference on Tuesday with Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Fauci outlined a few things the Green Mountain state has been doing right:
“I was listening to the numbers that you said and wonder if I could bottle that and take it with me when I go around talking to other parts of the country,” Fauci said.
The backdrop – As of Wednesday, Vermont has the fourth-lowest positivity rate in the US (the percentage of coronavirus tests returned positive) at about 1 percent, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. (During the Press Conference, Scott claimed Vermont’s positivity rate was 0.2 percent).
According to Johns Hopkins, the lowest in the country is actually Maine, where the positivity rate is 0.61 percent.