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Fauci warns US needs to 'hunker down' for fall, winter: 'It's not going to be easy'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 10, 2020 04:48PM
subtext: Trump's been lying and is trying to kill you.

Fauci warns US needs to 'hunker down' for fall, winter: 'It's not going to be easy'
[thehill.com]

Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, warned Thursday that the U.S. should prepare for a difficult few months in the fight against COVID-19 as flu season approaches.

“We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter because it’s not going to be easy,” Fauci said during a panel discussion with doctors from Harvard Medical School.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases went on to warn against underestimating the pandemic’s potential to cause continued destruction.

Fauci, who was one of the world’s leading AIDS researchers in the 1980s, compared the coronavirus pandemic to the early days of HIV when the epidemic started with a few gay men to decades later with millions of deaths and infections.

“We've been through this before,” he said. “Don't ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don't try and look at the rosy side of things."

His comments come after tapes released Wednesday by journalist Bob Woodward revealed that President Trump admitted in an interview to purposely downplaying the pandemic in the early months of the virus because he didn’t want to “create a panic.”

During Thursday’s panel, Fauci added that vaccine trials are “progressing very well,” and repeated his prediction that one will likely be available by the end of the year or by early 2021.

Fauci also reiterated that different U.S. cities should expect to see post-Labor Day surges, with the expert saying last week that the country was heading into the fall with an “unacceptably high” level of COVID-19 cases.

“We're right around 40,000 new cases, that's an unacceptably high baseline,” Fauci said at the time. “We've got to get it down, I'd like to see it 10,000 or less, hopefully less.”



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Re: Fauci warns US needs to 'hunker down' for fall, winter: 'It's not going to be easy'
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 10, 2020 05:42PM
Hard to understand why the administration hasn’t muzzled Dr. Fauci by now.



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Re: Fauci warns US needs to 'hunker down' for fall, winter: 'It's not going to be easy'
Posted by: Janit
Date: September 10, 2020 08:20PM
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Speedy
Hard to understand why the administration hasn’t muzzled Dr. Fauci by now.

I guess the Russians are unwilling to supply the Novichok.
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Re: Fauci warns US needs to 'hunker down' for fall, winter: 'It's not going to be easy'
Posted by: Sam3
Date: September 11, 2020 03:33AM
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Speedy
Hard to understand why the administration hasn’t muzzled Dr. Fauci by now.

They don't have to. The right-wing media and blogosphere has done the work for them. The right-wingers I work with now snicker whenever Fauci is mentioned.





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Re: Fauci warns US needs to 'hunker down' for fall, winter: 'It's not going to be easy'
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 12, 2020 10:41PM
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Speedy
Hard to understand why the administration hasn’t muzzled Dr. Fauci by now.

Who says they haven’t?

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The moderator of CBS’ Face the Nation, claimed on the show on Sunday that the administration had not approved an interview with Dr Fauci since 5 April.

... Ms Brennan added that “we’re committed to bringing you the facts about the virus and the most knowledgeable guests that we can. We think it’s important for our viewers to hear from Dr Anthony Fauci and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC).

“But we have not been able to get our request for Dr Fauci approved by the Trump administration in the last three months.”

Ms Brennan said that her show had also not been able to get an interview with a CDC official in that time, and added: “We will continue our efforts.”

It looks like to date, they still haven’t been successful at getting Fauci, who last appeared April 5.
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Re: Fauci warns US needs to 'hunker down' for fall, winter: 'It's not going to be easy'
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 12, 2020 11:38PM
...and item 2 of who says they haven’t?

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Emails obtained by POLITICO show Paul Alexander — a senior adviser to Michael Caputo, HHS’s assistant secretary for public affairs — instructing press officers and others at the National Institutes of Health about what Fauci should say during media interviews.

“I continue to have an issue with kids getting tested and repeatedly and even university students in a widespread manner…and I disagree with Dr. Fauci on this. Vehemently,” Alexander wrote in one Aug. 27 email, responding to a press-office summary of what Fauci intended to tell a Bloomberg reporter.

And on Tuesday, Alexander told Fauci’s press team that the scientist should not promote mask-wearing by children during an MSNBC interview.

Fauci is, perhaps, the nation’s leading expert on infectious disease and pandemics. Paul Alexander is not; he’s also not a doctor, or a scientist. He’s a Trumpian appointee and political hack.

I understand Fauci is in a difficult place, but I’m surprised he’s letting this happen. As usually happens to non-Trumpians in our government, first you bite your tongue, then you play along, then you lose your reputation, and then you’re fired. He needs to not only speak the truth; he needs to let the world know all about who is making efforts to keep him from speaking the truth.
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