Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Fauci has a “high degree of confidence” Trump is no longer free of coronavirus, the best national expert on infectious diseases, called the White House immunity proposal adopted by the White House “complete nonsense” on Thursday.
The so-called Barrington Grand Declaration, created by a small group of doctors, called for the rapid achievement of herd immunity, allowing COVID-1
Herd immunity, which is usually achieved with a vaccine, is the point at which, like measles, the disease stops spreading widely among the population because enough people have already had it and are immune to it. It is not clear whether previous COVID-19 infection provides long-term immunity to the disease.
“If you just let things fall apart and let the infection go … that, frankly, George, is ridiculous,” Fauzi said on Thursday, addressing ABC. Georgi StefanopoulosGeorge Robert Stefanopoulos Debate Committee Co-Chair: “No Evidence” Trump tested negative Biden for ABC mayoralty on Oct. 15 instead of Trump’s Trump debate, Biden’s campaigns collide during the debate, MORE formats in an interview.
Fauci, who seemed passionate as he opposed the proposal, noted that 30% of the population has basic health conditions that make them vulnerable. In addition, older adults, even those who are otherwise healthy, are much more likely than young adults to become seriously ill if they receive COVID-19.
“What it will do is that there will be so many people in the community who you can’t shelter, who you can’t protect, who will get sick and have serious consequences,” Fauci said.
“So the idea that we have the power to protect the vulnerable is complete nonsense, because history shows that this is not the case. And if you talk to someone who has experience in epidemiology and infectious diseases, they will tell you that it is risky and you will end up with many more infections of vulnerable people, which will lead to hospitalizations and death. So I think we just have to look that square in the eye and say it’s nonsense, “he said.
The statement was accepted by Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist and Trump adviser who has no obvious expertise on infectious diseases.
The three doctors behind the declaration met with Health and Social Services Minister Alex Hazard and Atlas last week to discuss the declaration. first reported by The Hill.
A senior Trump administration official praised the statement during an interview with reporters on Monday, organized by the White House.
The Great Barrington Declaration claims that the blockades “produce devastating consequences for short-term and long-term public health”, including less cancer screening, lower childhood vaccination rates and deteriorating mental health.
“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of achieving herd immunity is to allow those at minimal risk of death to live a normal life in order to build immunity against the virus through natural infection, while at the same time it better protects those at highest risk, “the statement said. We call this focused protection.
Fauci responded on Thursday that no one was arguing about permanent blockades.
“We do not want to close the country. I say this all the time. We certainly want to protect the vulnerable, “he said.
Experts say the best way to protect the vulnerable is to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. The higher the incidence of COVID-19 in the community, the greater the risk of the vulnerable becoming ill, experts say.
“This [declaration] is dangerous because it puts the whole population at risk, especially the most vulnerable. Young people are not healthy and do not live in a vacuum, write dozens of scientists, doctors and researchers in a letter published this week in the medical journal The Lancet.
“They interact with family members, colleagues and neighbors. “Calling for an increased rate of COVID-19 in young people will lead to an increased rate of infections among all Americans,” they said.