See this video for a discussion between Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID-19. Go and watch two people who know what they are talking about discuss this issue. Thanks to the BioLogos Forum for the hat tip. A couple of things I noted:
Dr. Collins asks Dr. Fauci about the current state of the pandemic. Fauci answers that it’s not good, premature reopening has caused a resurgence of the virus. We are still “knee-deep” in the first wave and now it’s surging upward.
Dr. Fauci recommends:
- Wear a mask in public
- Maintain physical distance from other people
- Avoid crowds
Dr. Fauci wants to warn young people to take the pandemic seriously:
- They can get very sick
- They can contribute to the pandemic propagation if they are not careful.
Dr. Fauci is hopeful that by the end of the year a vaccine may be developed but they will not rush it. The vaccine must be both SAFE and EFFECTIVE.
They both stressed that the public health effort should not be viewed in opposition to the economic effort. The public health effort is a pathway to get to a safe reopening, not an obstacle.
Dr. Fauci concludes “Everybody hang in there, good science will come through for us.”