Dr. Fauci explains next steps to slow down cases, possible shutdown

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discuss what may need to be done to stop more new cases as well as vaccine developments and the incoming Biden administration.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci is joining us now. We know you have long days. We appreciate you spending some time with us this morning, sir. Let me get right to it. We heard in Trevor's report and others are saying that November could be the worst month to date in fighting the coronavirus. What needs to be done to flatten the curve and to stop the surge in new cases that we're seeing, Dr. Fauci? Well, robin, what we need to do is what we've been talking about for some time now but really doubling down on it. There are certain fundamental, you know, baseline things you can do. Universal and uniform wearing of masks, avoiding crowded congregant situation, keeping physical distance. Even though the W is, you know, in the season of cool weather, try as best as possible to do things outdoors, preferenceally overindoors answer wash your hands as frequently as you can. Sound simple and given the difficult challenge we're facing one may think it doesn't make a difference T really does. We know that as a fact. We know that through experience. When do you believe that a vaccination will be made available to the majority of the American public. Obviously the first ones that are going to get it are people like health care providers who put themselves at risk then there are those who are highly vulnerable. Over the months from December, which when it will start in December, then you get to January, February, March, April, we hope that by the time you get into the second quarter, end of April, early may, may, June, somewhere around that time, the ordinary citizen should be able to get it. You can imagine people anxious to know the time line so thank you for that let me ask you this, Dr. Fauci. The situation that we find ourselves in following the election, this political limbo, is that having any type of impact as we continue to fight this virus? Certainly it's having no impact negatively on our ability as well as our activity in developing vaccines and developing countermeasures. I know this is what I and my colleagues do every day. One getting the message to the American people like we're trying to do this morning. But also pushing ahead on the development of vaccines and on countermeasures. So although, you know, it is still a major challenge, robin. We're in a difficult situation and we've just got to keep pushing. Dr. Fauci, do you believe that we're headed for a national lockdown? You know, I don't know. We would like to stay away from that, robin, because there is no appetite for locking down on the American public, but I believe that we can do it without a lockdown. I R do. I mean sometimes when people talk about the measures that I'm suggesting we double down on, they equivocate that and say, well, that makes that not a lockdown. It isn't necessarily a lockdown. You could still get businesses going. You could still have economic forward thinking while you're doing that you don't necessarily have to shut everything down. Hopefully we won't have to do that. If we can do the public health measures, we wouldn't have to do that. The best opposite strategy to locking down is to intensify the public health measures short of locking down. So if you can do that well, you don't have to take that STE that people are trying to avoid which has so many implications both psychologically and economically. We'd like not to do that. Lastly, sir, you know so many people are suffering from covid fatigue. What do you say to them this morning. Well, what I say, I just want to repeat the message that I keep saying over and over again, that hel is really on the way. You know, if you think of it metaphorically the cavalry is coming here. Vaccine also have a major positive impact. They're going to start being implemented and deployed in December and as we get into the early part of the year it's going to be January, February, March, more and more and more LE will be able to be vaccinated so if we could just hang in there, do theublic health measures that we're talking about, we're going to get this under control, I promise you. Dr. Anthony Fauci, as I said, I know you have all these long days and for you to take time to speak with us means so much. And we appreciate your efforts and we want to you take care. Thank you, sir. Thank you for having me, robin. As he said there's no appetite for a national lockdown but the public health measures and sometimes when you talk to Dr. Fauci and he is -- he knows that he's saying the same thing over and over and over again intelligence about social distancing, the masks, repetition, you have to get it into people's heads that this is truly a way so we don't have to go into -- The message answer changed. And the optimism on the vaccine is nice to hear. Thank you.

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