Dr. Fauci on COVID: ‘We’re Seeing the Consequences of the Community Spread’

‘It makes it extremely problematic to do efficient contact tracing’
By Grabien Staff


FAUCI: "What has happened, I guess, understandably, but nonetheless, regrettably, that people took the attitude in some places of either all or none. Either you’re locked down or you just let it fly and you just ignore many of the guidelines of physical distancing, wearing a mask, shaking hands, avoiding — I mean, not shaking hands, avoiding crowds. And what happened is you see pictures on the TV of the fact that even in states that are telling their citizens to do it correctly, they’re doing that. There are crowds, they are not physical distancing, and they’re not wearing masks. That’s a recipe for disaster. It’s something I spoke about time and again. We do need to open up again. No doubt about it. We want to get the economy back, but you’ve got to do it in a measured way. And now we’re seeing the consequences of community spread. Which is even more difficult to contain than spread in a well-known physical location, like a prison or a nursing home or a meat packing place. When you have community spread, it’s insidious, because there are so many people in the community who are infected, but asymptomatic. It makes it extremely problematic to do efficient contact tracing. Because most of the people who are infected don’t even know they’re infected. So how do you do contact tracing when someone doesn’t have any symptoms?"

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