Dr. Anthony Fauci has a word for colleagues in his industry.
In a conversation with the American Medical Association, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said doctors need to be careful about their public statements. “Totally non-political,” he said. “Don’t get involved in any political aspect, and just focus on your work as a scientist and a doctor. You do that, you’ll be fine ”.
Speaking to AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James Madara, Fauci said that there have been significant improvements in treatment regarding when the best timing should be put people in the ventilator and the amount of oxygen needed level during intubation. “We just need to get better treatment. We know what works, what isn̵7;t, ”he said.
‘Don’t get involved in any political aspect, and just focus on your work as a scientist and a doctor. You do that, you’ll be fine. ”
“We know that dexamethasone clearly reduces mortality in people who need mechanical ventilation and / or who need high flow oxygen,” Fauci said in Saturday’s interview. “We have remdesivir for hospitalized patients with lung involvement.” Using anticoagulants in some patients is also increasingly common for treatment with COVID-19, he said.
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Their vaccine candidate BNT162b2 was 90% effective in the first interim analysis of the Phase 3 study in participants with no previous evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Speaking before Pfizer and BioNTech announced their vaccine news, Fauci said vaccines that were 70% to 75% effective would be on the right track.
As of Monday, the United States has reported nearly 10 million COVID-19 infections and 237,587 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, just ahead of India (nearly 8.5 million cases so far). The US has a population of 328 million, compared with 1.35 billion in India. The US daily number of infections topped 100,000 on Sunday, the fifth consecutive day of record-setting.
Fauci crossed the line between educating the public about coronaviruses and President Trump. Last month, Trump targeted Fauci in an advocacy call and on Twitter TWTR,
called him a “catastrophe” in a campaign call and lamented when he appeared in the media, but the veteran immunologist told Americans to stay tuned for scientific data. and stay away from political conflict.
“Every time he was on television, there was always a bomb,” Trump said, according to the Associated Press. “But there will be a bigger bomb if you shoot him. But the Fauci was a disaster. Trump added, “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”
On Twitter, the president, 74, also criticized Fauci’s appearance in the media urging people to wear masks and keep social distance, and expressed annoyance at the exposure on the media. Dr. Tony Fauci said that we did not allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on @ 60Minutes, and he seems to be getting more broadcast time. anyone since last, great, Bob Hope. ”
Fauci, meanwhile, gave the American public the same advice he gave to fellow scientists over the weekend. “My advice for young people is – unless you want to be a politician – stay away from politics and let science and good data guide your policy.” Fauci added, “We are going through an alarmingly anti-scientific period in certain segments of our society.”