Steve Dale Talks with Dr. Anthony Fauci: Ready for a Full Court Press on Vaccinating
First, I asked Dr. Fauci about skeptics who don’t even believe there’s a pandemic or believe numbers are made up or believe wearing a mask isn’t helpful, etc. how he deals with these people. For the first time I’ve heard Dr. Fauci allude to politics without prompting. These are my words, not Dr. Fauci’s, but there’s another pandemic, a pandemic of disinformation. He says, “Look at what’s happening at hospitals across the country that are being stretched to their limits, and even in those regions some people believe it’s fake news…this is a historic public health challenge, people don’t believe the reality staring them in the face. . . It’s not a hoax.”
Why do some people get very sick from SARS Co-V (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus-2) which causes COVID-19, while others are asymptomatic? Why do some do people recover fast, and others have lingering effects, commonly called long-haulers? Why do children generally not even get COVID-19? Fauci offers a hypothesis, but added “we still have a lot to learn about this infectious disease.”
We discuss monoclonal antibodies (a therapy for COVID), Dexamethasone (a steroid), Remdesivir (anti-viral), Ivermectin (a common antiparasitic drug), hydroxychloroquine (already FDA approved to prevent malaria and certain autoimmune diseases).
We talk about the various strains – including the ones from the UK and South Africa, which are more transible. However, Dr. Fauci says they don’t at all appear to make people sicker.
Releasing all vaccines, without holding back, what incoming President Joseph Biden is talking about – what does that mean? Dr. Fauci says there’s still a commitment to get people their second dose.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and local public health officials say at the rate we’re going in Chicago it will take a year and half to vaccinate all who want a vaccine. Is this acceptable? Dr.Fauci explains that he believes we could get back on pace.
For herd immunity, he says we’d need 75 to 80 percent vaccinated. To get there, I suggest veterinarians, veterinary and dental technicians, retired physicians and nurses vaccinate – and Dr. Fauci responds.
I ask Dr. Fauci about in-home testing, which he says he was glad I brought up. And he describes why. He says this is doable.
We talk about zoonosis and One Health, and I call for a Task Force to study this intensively.