If Fauci had to pick the ‘Worst Time’ for an Outbreak, he says it would be now.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious diseases expert, has seen numerous outbreaks, but the current situation with the coronavirus is one of the “worst” times for a pandemic due to division and the propensity for misinformation to propagate.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, officials have expressed concerns about disinformation spreading, and there are differences about what constitutes false. People are drawing a “false equivalency” with their sources, according to Fauci, as social media companies strive to strike the right balance between censoring and spreading falsehoods.
“When you get into an argument, it becomes false equivalency,” Fauci told host Nahlah Ayed of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “‘ This is something that a Nobel Laureate who discovered it states. However, Joe Johns stated this on their Facebook page. ” “This equivalence has to be worrisome because it’s happening,” Fauci added. When former President Ronald Reagan gained office, Fauci, who became director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984, began counseling presidents. He’s done so for the past 40 years, during which time he’s seen the AIDS epidemic, SARS, Ebola, and a slew of other epidemics.
Fauci told Ayed on her radio show Ideas that America has been in the “worst conceivable environment” for a pandemic to emerge because it has been in the center of “some of the greatest outbreaks of infectious illnesses in history.” As a public health specialist and scientist, Fauci finds the current state of affairs “disturbing,” citing widespread “anti-science” and “total normalization of lies.”
“It’s simply mind-boggling. If I were a diabolical, wicked spirit, I’d cast upon the planet the worst time to have an outbreak because of this kind of divisiveness combined with the complete accessibility and distribution of complete lie. Nothing is more terrifying than being in the midst of a pandemic “Ayed was informed by Fauci.
Since the pandemic began, more than 45 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus, making America the country with the most cases and deaths. Because some people may have had mild symptoms and never been tested, experts believe the true case count is likely larger than what has been reported. Or they were contaminated but asymptomatic, so they were willing to give. This is a condensed version of the information.