White House Coronavirus Expert Says Complete U.S. Shutdown ‘On The Table’

Written By BlabberBuzz | Source: The Gateway Pundit | Friday, 13 March 2020 14:27

White House coronavirus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday that the coronavirus crisis in the U.S.

would last for two months and that a possible shutdown similar to China and Italy is “on the table.”

“It’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better… there’s no doubt we have not peaked yet,” Dr. Fauci said.

Asked if America is heading toward a complete shutdown like China and Italy, Fauci said it’s possible. “I’m not sure we’re going to get to that. I think that would be really rather dramatic, but I can tell you that all things are on the table. We just have to respond as things evolve over the days and the weeks,” he said.

Dr. Fauci said it will likely be at least another several weeks of the current mode of crisis, and said the spread of the virus could last up to two months before it levels off, as it has in China.

“It will be at least a matter of several weeks. It’s unpredictable, but if you look at historically how these things work, it will likely be anywhere from a few weeks to up to eight weeks,” he said. “I hope it’s going to be in the earlier part, two, three, four weeks, but it’s impossible to make an accurate prediction.”

Meanwhile, President Trump is set to declare a national emergency on Friday over the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports. By declaring a national emergency, Trump will invoke the Stafford Act “to open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities, according to two people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg News reports.

“The move would allow the government to martial additional resources to combat the virus, and also marks a symbolic turning point for the president, who has repeatedly compared the coronavirus to the seasonal flu and insisted that his administration had the outbreak under control,” the news agency reported.

Senate Democrats have urged Trump to invoke the Stafford Act and other disaster declaration requests they say would free up more than $42 billion in funding for states available in the Disaster Relief Fund.

An emergency declaration would allow a state to request a 75% federal cost-share for expenses that include emergency workers, medical tests, medical supplies, vaccinations, security for medical facilities, and more, according to a letter Democrats sent the president earlier this week.

Only a few emergency declarations for public health threats have been made since the 1960s, and only two have targeted disease outbreaks, when President Bill Clinton in 2000 declared emergencies in New York and New Jersey in response to the West Nile Virus.

The president is set to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. EDT on Friday.

Dr. Fauci told congress on Thursday that the healthcare system was “failing” and that there were not enough tests. But on Friday, he said the system is getting up to speed quickly.

“Let’s look ahead, and I believe what we’re hearing at the task force that we are now getting into that phase where we’ll be able to really scale it up a lot. I think in the next week or so, you’re going to see an acceleration of availability of tests,” he said.

“Right now as I’ve mentioned many times and I’ll stick by it, early on, the way the system was designed, as good a system as it was, it was not a design to approach that broad blanket testing. We’re on our way to that now, and we’ll be able to do it relatively soon,” the doctor said.

Fauci: No seriously, the travel restrictions are exactly what we need to flatten the COVID-19 curve; WHO confirms Europe as new "epicenter"

This article was sourced from Hot Air

Dr. Anthony Fauci giveth, and he also taketh away — although not all that much, as it turns out.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has become a voice of rational urgency in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in the US. Yesterday in Congress, Fauci made the obvious observation that we had “failed” in preparing for the arrival of COVID-19 after it first emerged.

Today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, however, Fauci offers a much more upbeat assessment of the situation, noting that testing capabilities are about to “escalate” significantly thanks to private-sector involvement. That will allow public-health organizations to properly track the spread of the disease, which has been difficult to quantify in the US. However, Fauci  emphasizes that travel restrictions regarding China and now Europe will flatten the curve and were absolutely the right call to limit the “seeding” of American communities:

The problem in Italy, Fauci says later, is that they didn’t take any aggressive measures at the beginning of the bell curve. The US may not have prepared its internal mitigation actions quickly enough, but the actions taken to keep new cases from coming in from the outside has substantially altered the bell curve in the US.  “The new China is Europe,” Fauci emphasizes to the Morning Joe panel in defending the travel restrictions.

Fauci got corroboration from the World Health Organization on that point later in the day:

Nevertheless, the curve will take place at some time here, and the disease will look like its getting worse before it gets better. Testing will quantify both its spread and relative mortality, but Fauci is more optimistic now that the US is catching up on its mitigation capabilities:

Willie Geist managed to get Fauci to opine — indirectly — on news that Donald Trump has been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus patient. Both Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and one of his aides tested positive for COVID-19 days after meeting and shaking hands with Trump at Mar-a-Lago last weekend, but the White House has claimed that Trump has no reason to get tested to see if he has contracted the virus. Geist pushed Fauci to say that Trump should get tested, but Fauci insisted that it’s a call for Trump’s medical team to make.

“But generally speaking,” Geist pressed, “if I were standing next to someone who had been diagnosed with coronavirus, should I isolate myself and find a test as well?”

“Yes,” Fauci said.

For the most part, though, Fauci sounds positive and optimistic about the current direction of US policy and action. It’s not going to be a picnic, Fauci says, “but we will get through this.”

Watch the entire segment here. It’s easy to see why Fauci has become such a go-to voice for the media, and why all sides can take some heart in his carefully blunt manner.

Italian Doctors Suggest Age-Limit For Healthcare, Guidelines Invoke Wartime Measures

This article was sourced from Daily Wire

An Italian medical society has published new healthcare guidelines that suggest doctors in the region should prepare for potential “catastrophe medicine” measures, a scenario that would require doctors to determine whether a patient will, or will not, receive healthcare.

  

According to The Atlantic, the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care published the guidelines as a response to Italy’s surge in coronavirus cases. According to the Associated Press, Italy has confirmed 17,660 coronavirus cases and 1,266 deaths related to the virus. 

The Atlantic reports that the document begins by “likening the moral choices Italian doctors may face to the forms of wartime triage that are required” during natural disasters and times of war. 

Following the introduction, the document establishes that the guidelines have been tailored to the principle of maximizing benefits for the largest number of people, given the limited healthcare resources available, and that the guidelines would apply to all patients, not just those sick with coronavirus. 

In adherence with principle of maximizing the greatest good, the final recommendations advocate that doctors prepare themselves in the event they need to establish an age-limit for healthcare, or block healthcare access to people with pre-existing conditions. 

According to the New York Times, one Italian town has already began refusing treatment to “the very old,” while another town has been refusing patients with coronavirus-induced pneumonia. 

Italy, a country of over 60 million people, is currently on quarantine to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, a strategy in epidemiology known as “flattening the curve.” 

According to Vox, flattening the curve involves enacting isolation strategies, including self-quarantines and social distancing, to delay the peak of the epidemic and prevent the virus from spreading as quickly. 

By stunting the transmission rate of the virus, society at-large can prevent doctors and hospitals from being inundated with patients all at once, increasing the chances of patients receiving treatment and the odds of lowering the mortality rate, reports the news agency. 

The World Health Organization declared on Wednesday that the coronavirus was now at pandemic levels, reports NPR. The organization last declared a pandemic in 2009, during the swine flu outbreak. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist on the White House coronavirus taskforce, has been informing the American public that the spread of the virus will continue, and that the country should prepare for circumstances to become worse before they improve. 

“It’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better… there’s no doubt we have not peaked yet,” said Fauci, as the Daily Wire reported Friday. 

Fauci stated that it is currently unclear whether the United States will enact a complete shut-down strategy in the vein of Italy: “I’m not sure we’re going to get to that. I think that would be really rather dramatic, but I can tell you that all things are on the table. We just have to respond as things evolve over the days and the weeks.”

President Trump had announced that a press conference would be held Friday at 3 p.m. EST, during which he is expected to declare a national emergency. By declaring a national emergency, the president would allow the release of federal aid to help areas around the country combat the coronavirus.

This article was sourced from The Gateway Pundit

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