Anthony Fauci: Earlier Coronavirus Mitigation Measures ‘Might Have Saved Lives’

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Anthony Fauci, among the nation’s leading contagious illness specialists, stated Sunday that enforcing social distancing measures earlier to suppress the spread of the coronavirus, as he supposedly advised to the White House in February, “could have saved lives.”

Throughout a look on CNN’s “State Of The Union,” Fauci was asked why President Donald Trump didn’t reveal such standards till mid-March. Fauci and other health specialists on the White House’s coronavirus job force supposedly pressed the president to execute them as early as Feb. 21.

“As I’ve said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint,” Fauci stated. “We make a recommendation. Often the recommendation is taken. Sometimes it’s not. But it is what it is. We are where we are right now.”

Host Jake Tapper asked whether lives might have been saved if social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders had actually been revealed earlier.

“It’s very difficult to go back and say that,” Fauci stated. “I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those kinds of decisions is complicated.”

“But you’re right,” headded “Obviously, if we had right from the beginning shut everything down it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.”

“We make a recommendation,” stated Dr. Anthony Fauci, when asked by @JakeTapper about reports that he and other leading authorities required social distancing in February. “Often the recommendation is taken. Sometimes it’s not. But it is what it is. We are where we are right now.”

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) April 12,2020

Reacting to Fauci’s remarks, White House spokesperson Judd Deere took focus on “the media and Democrats,” and stated Trump had actually taken “bold action to protect Americans.”

“While the media and Democrats refused to seriously acknowledge this virus in January and February,” Deere stated in a declaration, “President Trump took bold action to protect Americans and unleash the full power of the federal government to curb the spread of the virus, expand testing capacities, and expedite vaccine development when we had no true idea the level of transmission or asymptomatic spread.”

“The president remains completely focused on the health and safety of the American people and it is because of his bold leadership that we will emerge from this challenge healthy, stronger, and with a prosperous and growing economy,” he added.

Both Republican and democratic guvs, along with healthcare experts throughout the nation, have slammed the federal government’s sluggish reaction to the pandemic. In spite of cautions from public health authorities, Trump minimized the possible danger to Americans in February and into early March.

Of the world’s more than 1.7 million validated cases of COVID-19, over 530,000 have been reported in the U.S. The nation’s death toll has actually doubled from approximately 10,000 to more than 20,000 in less than a week.

Thomas Inglesby, the director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University’s school of public health, stated throughout an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that the U.S. would have remained in a “better position” had it hearkened public health authorities’ cautions earlier.

“I can’t say who in the administration knew what and when,” Inglesby stated. “But I would say that that article reinforces what we’ve heard along the way, which is that many in the administration were very worried about this as early as January and February. That seems pretty clear now.”

“I would also say that if we had acted on some of those warnings earlier, we’d be in a much better position in terms of diagnostics and possibly masks and personal protective equipment and getting our hospitals ready,” he added.

Dr. Thomas Inglesby: “If we had acted on some of those warnings earlier we’d be in a much better position.”

— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 12,2020

Fauci stated Sunday that he has “cautious optimism” about indications that the variety of validated cases throughout some parts of the nation might be beginning to slow. He alerted versus reducing constraints and resuming the economy too soon.

“You want to make sure you don’t do something prematurely and precipitously,” he stated. “At the same time, you pay attention to the need to try and get back to normal.”

If he thinks it will be safe for Americans to physically vote at the surveys in November,

CNN’s Tapper asked Fauci. The medical professional stated he hopes so however could not make a warranty.

” I think that if we have a great, measured method of rolling into [these] actions towards normality, then we hope by the time we get to November that we’ll have the ability to do it in a manner which is the basic method,” Fauci stated.

“However, and I don’t want to be the pessimistic person, there is always a possibility that as we get into next fall and the beginning of early winter that we could see a rebound,” he stated. “Hopefully we’ll be able to respond to that rebound in a much more effective way than what we’ve seen now in January, February, March.”

This story has actually been upgraded with comment from the White House.

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