Transcript for Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute answers coronavirus questions
As we get some insight into how the fight against covid-19 is proceeding here in the U.S., joining us now is Dr. Ashish jha, the director of the Harvard global health institute. You spoke with Dr. Fauci on Friday, he said he doesn't think we need to, quote, go into the fall and the winter thinking we're going to have a catastrophe, we can come out of it looking good. Lot of factors at play as we look ahead. U.S. Cases are approaching 5 million, the race for the vaccine, potential complications from the flu season, what do you think of Dr. Fauci's statement? Good morning, and thank you for having me on. Dr. Fauci calls himself an optimistic realist and I think that's sort of the way to think about it, it's going to be the flu season, we're all going to be spending more time indoors, those would make you worry things are going to make things worse. His point, if people wear masks, avoid getting together indoors as much as possible, wash your hands, and if we make some changes in our testing infrastructure and we have a not a really horrible season, we can emerge from it much, much stronger. The CDC is also estimating about 40% of people infected with this coronavirus show no symptoms and now some researchers are wondering whether some people already have partial immunity, what significance does this have as we look forward? Yes, so, we've always known that a certain portion of people never develop symptoms. The bottom line is, some proportion of people never develop symptoms, though we still think many people will still transmit the disease, whether they have partial immunity or other reason why. Does that get us any closer to that herd immunity? You know, I think for much of the country, we're still pretty far away from herd immunity. I don't know. What I know and what I believe is, if we want to avoid hundreds of thousands more Americans dying we got to protect people while we wait for the vaccine which hopefully will be coming at the end of this year or early next year. All right, Dr. Jha, thank you so much for being with us today. Dan, over to you. Appreciate having the doctor on this morning.
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