COVID-19 Update: Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci on WGN Radio
My conversation HERE on Steve Dale’s Other World, WGN Radio with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and Medical Advisor to the President of the United States. In a wide ranging conversation, we begin by discussing masking and why you may be protecting another person you don’t even know at risk on an airplane (and in other public places) by wearing a mask, not to mention protecting yourself. Still, Dr. Fauci says it’s a personal decision.
However, he’s clearly not a fan of courts making medical decisions as if they were medical experts when they are not.
Dr. Fauci spoke about about the paper Dr.Facui recently contributed published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, called The Concept of Classical Herd Immunity May Not Apply to COVID-1 which Dr. Fauci and his co-authors specifically cite “significant obstacles” like “substantial resistance to efforts to control the spread” of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, like the public’s resistance to vaccination and mask-wearing, combined with the ability of coronaviruses to mutate.
He explains that measles, smallpox and polio are illness that remain the same unlike the coronaviruses. And that protection is lifelong, that is absolutely not the case with SARS-CoV-2.
The vaccines against COVID-19 may prevent disease but perhaps not; the intent is to prevent severe disease, and prevent hospitalization and death. Dr.Fauci appeared to appreciate several of the questions – including this one.
What about the second booster? And Dr. Fauci concedes the messaging on it has been confusing. So who should get that second booster and when?
How often will we need boosters going forward?
We talk about medications, availability or a lack of availability – and Dr. Fauci agrees there’s not a wide appreciation and usage of a drug, for example, called Paxlovid.
Are we at the point where the SARS-CoV-2 virus is more benign, nearly like the common cold (often also a coronavirus)?
Finally, what keeps Dr. Fauci looking so good? He’s 81.