July 14, 2020 -- Stanford Medical School hosted a live Q&A with infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, MD, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to discuss COVID-19’s continuing spread.
One of Fauci’s key points was that many parts of the country reopened too early.
The increase in infections is due to many governments moving too quickly during the easing of restrictions. Fauci says this is evident among states such as Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, all of which “went from completely shut-down to throwing caution to the wind.”
When asked how to address this surge, he says “we don’t necessarily need to shut down again, but pull back and proceed in a prudent way of observing the guidelines of opening step-by-step.”
COVID’s effects on the body, and their duration, are still largely unknown.
Fauci notes that he wants to know more about the “anecdotal information” he’s receiving regarding lasting effects of coronavirus long after it leaves the body.
“When people recover, how soon until they get back to normal,” is one of his questions in determining the “full extent of the clinical manifestations” of the virus.
Young people play a critical role in COVID’s spread, he says.
Fauci says that the people currently driving infection rates are about 15 years younger than COVID’s initial victims. He says that even though younger coronavirus patients might not get severely sick, “their infection is a very important part in the propagation of the outbreak.”
He urges younger Americans to continue to think about both their “personal and societal responsibilities” when making decisions that affect the public.