Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks at the White House in Washington, USA, on March 24, 2020, before the Coronavirus Task Force’s daily meeting.
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The White House Health Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that the United States “can start thinking about a degree of normalcy when the whole country turns this corner”
“You need to see the curve’s trajectory drop,” said Fauci NBA star Stephen “Steph” Curry in an Instagram interview that the Golden State Warriors player thought was tens of thousands of followers, including former President Barack Obama.
President Donald Trump has said in the past few days that he wants the United States to return to social and economic normalcy sooner rather than later.
Health experts opposed this idea, arguing that stricter restrictions on social interaction and business are needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and avoid infecting people who overwhelm hospital systems.
Fauci’s response to Curry regarding a return to normality came when the basketball player asked when the NBA could be reopened to a large crowd of fans along with other sports leagues and entertainers.
Fauci noted that New York City, the current center of the country’s outbreak, is experiencing a “terrible time.” He said people need to practice social distancing to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“This is serious business, you don’t overreact,” Fauci said to Curry.
“Everyone should exercise some level of detachment and care until this is over,” said Fauci. “You have to protect yourself.”
He said there is worrying data that more young people are infected in the US than in other countries.
Fauci said that young people need to realize that even if they are not feeling sick, they should avoid contact with others because they could become “the vector” for the transmission of the virus.
“And then pass it on to your grandfather, your grandmother, who is receiving cancer chemotherapy,” and they get sick, he warned.
During the chat, Obama left a comment saying, “Listen to science. Do your part and take care of each other.”