The coronavirus is dominating the headlines as Americans try to learn everything they can about this mysterious illness.
And Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading expert on infectious diseases, quickly became a household name.
But he left Americans in awe with this one statement.
As the coronavirus sweeps the nation, Americans are yearning for a glimmer of hope.
While speaking to CNN, Dr. Fauci gave it to them, noting there were signs the lockdown in New York was working and the rate of infection was slowing.
“What happens is that it occurs in phases. If you look from day to day of the cases of new cases that require hospitalization, when you’re really going up exponentially, it increases from day to day. Once you start to level off, then you’re going to have less people that are going to be going into intensive care. And then later on, because it always lags, you’ll see a decrease in deaths,” Dr. Fauci said.
“What you’re starting to see right now is just the inklings — and I don’t want to put too much stock on it because you don’t want to get overconfident, you just want to keep pushing on what you’re doing — You’re starting to see that the daily increases are not in that steep incline, they’re starting to be able to possibly flatten out. Again, you look at it carefully and hope it’s going in the right direction, that’s what we really are trying to attain.”
President Trump is trying to prepare Americans for the grim reality that anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could ultimately die from the coronavirus in the coming weeks and months.
Seeing numbers like that, along with the devastating economic effects the government mandated quarantines are having, many Americans are wondering when the pandemic would run its course and things would return to normal.
Dr. Fauci was delivering a message of hope that by following the administration’s social distancing guidelines, the American people will overcome this terrible virus.
Americans can only hope that it happens soon enough.
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