Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Disturbing resurgence” puts pandemic “completely in flux”

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It wasn’t supposed to be this way as the Fourth of July approached. The new cases of COVID-19 registered on July 1 wasn’t supposed to set a new single-day record. Numbers weren’t supposed to be skyrocketing as temperatures increased.

But it has happened, and Dr. Anthony Fauci recognized during a Thursday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio that this “disturbing resurgence” of the virus has made it a “moving target” as football season approaches.

He pointed to the current explosion of cases in California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida, and he added that other cities and states are demonstrating a resurgence. If things were stable (as many had expected them to be), it would be easier to have confidence regarding football season. Given the resurgence, everything is in a “state of flux” now.

And it’s just the beginning. Dr. Fauci has “great concern” regarding the behavior of the virus in the fall and winter months, as the “confluence” of COVID-19 and influenza cases occurs.

He emphasized a point that can’t be emphasized enough: Wear a mask. Wear a mask. Wear a mask.

The politicization of that issue has begun to subside, in part because anti-mask politicians have begun to realize it’s not a sustainable issue. The more that people wear masks, the less that the virus will spread, and the greater the chance that football will start — and finish.

So will either happen?

“I really cannot make any type of prediction,” Dr. Fauci said. “It’s completely in flux.”

Indeed it is. Hopefully, we won’t get fluxed out of a football season.

40 responses to “Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Disturbing resurgence” puts pandemic “completely in flux”

  1. Isn’t his agency the one that said, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS”? When I see anything the gov’t puts out, I do the opposite and shocker it was a good call.

  2. Hopefully this ends the NFL season but it won’t end the packers off season championship.

  3. The NFL is about printing money, so there is absolutely NO WAY they don’t play an NFL season this year. If that means that teams have to incorporate a 40 man minor league club on-call for available players to be called up to replace currently infected 53 man roster players, so be it. Either way, they will play football this year with or without fans and with or without all the current star players in the league.

  4. This scenario reminds me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Before all the golden ticket winners were allowed to entire his factory, they had to sign at the bottom of a lengthy contract. The rest is history. Can this year get any stranger?

  5. Isn’t his agency the one that said, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS”? When I see anything the gov’t puts out, I do the opposite and shocker it was a good call.

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    Remember when this started and you couldnt find toilet paper

    Now imagine that, with masks, when we have health care people running towards the virus

  6. cma1973 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm
    Isn’t his agency the one that said, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS”? When I see anything the gov’t puts out, I do the opposite and shocker it was a good call.

    They said that because frontline healthcare workers needed them and there was already a shortage.

  7. Wake up…football will not happen until there is a vaccine to create herd-immunity. Of all the confirmed cases in the US so far, even if there are an equal amount of unconfirmed cases as well, we are still at less than 1% of the total population – herd immunity requires much much more than that.

    Cloth masks are a placebo and almost completely ineffective, but they calm society, and do a tiny bit of good. If making masks mandatory, they should be surgical mask or greater.

    Businesses should open, utilizing precautions like social distancing,, but sorry to say things like football will have to wait.

  8. As long as there are a sizable number of anti-science, “liberate me” idiots running around, showing up for pool parties, going to concerts and bars and having a perverse need to make mask wearing a political statement, nothing about this is going to change…except for getting worse and worse…

    Everyday you see on the news the guy who says he thought it was an overblown hoax till his wife died. And he couldn’t be with her. He’s changed his mind. He’s no longer worried about being a “free”, “liberated” American who doesn’t want to be told what to do.

  9. cma1973 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm
    Isn’t his agency the one that said, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS”? When I see anything the gov’t puts out, I do the opposite and shocker it was a good call.

    no, that was the head of the CDC. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

  10. cma1973 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Isn’t his agency the one that said, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS”? When I see anything the gov’t puts out, I do the opposite and shocker it was a good call.

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    This is a narrative that is either based on ignorance, dishonesty. They did that initially for the sole reason that there weren’t enough PPE (Masks, face shields, etc.) for health care, police and fire front line responders. Period. It wasn’t because the didn’t think the worked or were necessary, it was because there was and still is a shortage (ask anyone in the trades how hard it is to find N95/P100/organic vapor cartridges that are required to do their jobs. And they thought those people needed it more than, say, someone who wanted it to go out to dinner. Now that there are loads of people making masks, there are recommending them for everyone.

    Why is it the people screaming loudest for us to open everything back up are the same people who stubbornly refuse to the the simple things that are required for that to happen any time soon? Stop being a selfish baby and wear a mask.

  11. The only thing that could stop the Redskins from winning the Super Bowl this year is the coronavirus. Sadly, I think that might happen.

  12. If this wave is from the beaches in these states opening then how big will the protest wave across the globe be in a couple weeks…

    There is something suspicious about 50k in one day and only in the southern part of the U.S… it’s the only place on the planet spiking that much in one day. How do we know these reports are actually the truth? Some will say why would they lie, others would say they are lying to fear monger to get people to take it seriously. I don’t know who to trust anymore.

  13. I love it when the mainstream media tells us the resurgence of Covid-19 is not because of the protests. Uh huh, sure.

  14. “As long as there are a sizable number of anti-science, “liberate me” idiots running around, showing up for pool parties, going to concerts and bars and having a perverse need to make mask wearing a political statement, nothing about this is going to change…except for getting worse and worse…”

    Hard to imagine that basic sanitation that has been proven for hundreds of years to stop the spread of disease has become something to deny because of one side’s politics. Over 130k people have died here in large part to this ignorance.

    Soon the same people will be telling surgeons not to wear a mask or wash their hands before an operation because the surgeon would have to “give up some of his freedom” wearing that mask

  15. Explosion of cases a few weeks after a bunch of protests and riots. Wow I’m just shocked.

  16. Total cases are up but deaths are down as treatment is improving and the virus has already burned through the most vulnerable segments of the population. Hard to justify shutting things down in the fall for something with the fatality rate of the seasonal flu.

  17. Actually the surgeon general specifically said masks don’t work for the general public. Here’s the exact quote: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! hey are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

    Hard to misinterpret that.

    Fauci himself said nearly the same here’s his exact quote: “Right now in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.”

    Hard to misinterpret that either.

  18. I’m surprised anybody is surprised by the resurgence. Numbers were down when everybody was stuck at home but then a bunch of states reopened and tons of people starting acting like the virus had magically disappeared. Most of the places spiking now either just reopened or never truly were shutdown to begin with. There’s no coincidence to that.

  19. aristotle says:
    July 2, 2020 at 3:23 pm
    Total cases are up but deaths are down as treatment is improving and the virus has already burned through the most vulnerable segments of the population. Hard to justify shutting things down in the fall for something with the fatality rate of the seasonal flu.

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    Just .. stop. Why people intentionally spread false information is beyond me. I am guessing you believe this is all a hoax?

    Covid death rate is 4.8%. Seasonal flu death rate is .1%. Covid is 48 times deadlier. If the same number of people get COVID as get the flu, the death toll would be beyond belief.

    Anyone who can divide deaths by number of infections can figure this out, basic math.

  20. “It wasn’t supposed to be this way”?

    What way WAS it supposed to be, given how this whole deal’s been handled on individual, local, state, and federal levels all across the board in the US?

    Wanted? No. Terrible? Absolutely. But please don’t give us the “Oh woah is us, how did it come to this” tone, after the last couple months of how things have been handled as a general rule.

  21. States are testing sick people multiple times and counting each test as an individual case. That, combined with the protests is causing the “surge”

    Deaths are down already and the virus is not a serious threat to young and healthy people. 1/3 of deaths occurred in nursing homes and 75% of deaths have occurred in the area between New York and Boston.

    Assisted living centers and intensive care units should be quarantined but the rest of us should be allowed to live our lives.

  22. “Isn’t his agency the one that said, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS”?”

    No.

  23. cma1973 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm
    Isn’t his agency the one that said, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS”? When I see anything the gov’t puts out, I do the opposite and shocker it was a good call.

    They said that because frontline healthcare workers needed them and there was already a shortage.
    ======
    incorrect – Fauxi and Birx were parroting the WHO which was shilling for China and buying up the world supply of masks outside of China.

    Using a scarf or basic face covering, which many of us used early on, would be just as effective as a disposal mask (non-N95) that we use today – So FauXi was wrong wrong wrong and it cost America lives and economic losses. If they had said basic face covering instead of NONE, NYC would likely have had major reduced cases as would the USA. He’s a Fraudi.

  24. Cloth masks work, which is one big reason why many countries, including the entire EU, are opening and have low infection rates.

  25. “Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have found that the strains spreading so quickly in Europe and the U.S. have a mutated S “spike” protein that makes it about 10 times more infectious than the strain that originally was identified in Asia.”

    Looks to me like the virus is adapting to our collective stupidity.

    Wash your hands, social distance, WEAR A DAMN MASK!!!!

  26. Social distance and wear the damn mask! It really is that simple. You want to save the economy and sports in general? Social distance and wear the damn mask! This isn’t hard! I wear one every day at work. It’s annoying, and irritating sometimes but you deal with it. Act like grownups instead of 4 year olds. You can do this. You can act like adults.

  27. Anyone saying the protests have everything to do with the surge in cases obviously didn’t attend any protests.

  28. If this wave is from the beaches in these states opening then how big will the protest wave across the globe be in a couple weeks…

    There is something suspicious about 50k in one day and only in the southern part of the U.S… it’s the only place on the planet spiking that much in one day. How do we know these reports are actually the truth? Some will say why would they lie, others would say they are lying to fear monger to get people to take it seriously. I don’t know who to trust anymore

    _______________________________________________

    I think this is pretty simple: the virus is spiking in the south because a large % of people in the south are science deniers and conspiracy theorists… aka far right Republicans.

    The mask deal has been politicised by idiots who don’t care for their fellow Americans.

    I agree with someone on here who posted something like, ‘it’s funny the same people who want to open everything up are the same people who refuse to do the things to make it safe and sustainable.’ Those are the same people who constantly preach ‘Merica: the best country in the world!’ while not giving a crap about most of the people living here.

  29. Aloha,
    NFL is really in a bad spot. Think about it a min. About 100+ players and 50+ coaches, and staff and building support people will be meeting in rooms about 10 hrs a day. Also very close contact on the field.

    As soon as one player or staff tests positive they will quarantine that person and isolate anyone they have been in close contact with. ie, 20+ people.
    That’s the end of real practice.

    Then there will be 2-20 more positive cases in the next 1-2 weeks.

    That is the end of 2-4 more weeks of practice and the cancelation of any games that team was supposed to play in those weeks. And so it goes.

    There is now a county level map of the rate of infections, updated daily. Someone smarter than me can cross check the latest out breaks with locations of meat packing plants, locations of jails, locations of nursing homes, locations of open restaurants and bars and locations of protests and political rallies.

    Some one above said they don’t know who to believe. Good. First sign of questioning your belief is saying you are no longer sure what the truth is. Keep paying attention. Keep thinking.

    MASK. MASK. MASK.

  30. NFL should be able to figure this out. If local stores can stay open, so can they. They just need to be creative. Now, regarding the fans…maybe have stadiums at 25% capacity?

  31. @ eagleswin,

    Just .. stop. Why people intentionally spread false information is beyond me. I am guessing you believe this is all a hoax?

    Covid death rate is 4.8%. Seasonal flu death rate is .1%. Covid is 48 times deadlier. If the same number of people get COVID as get the flu, the death toll would be beyond belief. Anyone who can divide deaths by number of infections can figure this out, it is basic math.”

    What you are failing to state is there are tens of thousands or even hundreds thousands of cases who weren’t tested, they recovered, and are not in these stats you are stating. There are also those who haven’t been tested yet but will test positive, and it remains to be seen where the new death rates will be once this virus makes it way through the entire population.

    So, you can stick by your incomplete #’s as much as you want, but the 4.8% really isn’t a factual # at this point. The death rate may ultimately stay at around 4% (this is probably unlikely, and will likely be a much lower #) but that won’t be known until much later down the road.

    Btw, cancer is killing 60k per month (contagious or not), yet the fast food places and soda fountains are not being shut down. l can guarantee you the death rate of cancer is much higher than 4.8% of those diagnosed, but that doesn’t seem to impress CNN, Fox News, or CBS.
    I am not minimizing the Covid pandemic and its impact, but it sure seems that are priorities need to be re-evaluated when we have a cancer epidemic annually killing 600k and climbing and the press couldn’t care less.

  32. “Numbers weren’t supposed to be skyrocketing as temperatures increased.”

    Yes they were! If you were paying attention it was very predictable.

    In the southern states being impacted now its too hot to be outside. The virus spreads inside, and down south right now everyone stays inside in the air conditioning.

    In northern states where the weather is beautiful and everyone is outside its not spreading anywhere near as much. In the winter and spring in the south when the weather was beautiful most stay outside and it didn’t spread so much.

    Combine that with a lot more social interaction, especially among the young who will handle this virus far more easily than nursing home patients and it was a no-brainer.

    In the north we got hammered in the winter and early spring. Its the reverse in the south.

    Expect a resurgence in the fall and winter in the north, but not nearly as bad as the first wave.

    We can’t stop the virus. Its unstoppable until it has run its course. Mitigation efforts may help some. But lock-downs and quarantines are futile and cause as much (or more) harm than good.

    There will be a ‘vaccine’ because there’s too much money at stake not to produce something. Whether it is both safe and effective is highly doubtful. I will not be taking it and I am not an anti-vaxer. I will take my chances with getting the virus and recovering (if I haven’t already) because my chances of survival are well over 99.5% or higher. Even the best vaccine can’t touch that.

    Lastly, expect the Chinese to learn from this. China (accidentally I think) brought the world to its knees with this virus. Expect the Chinese to use this technique in the future.

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