Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the leading infectious disease expert in the United States for 36 years. That’s the time he has chaired the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Therefore, it is not surprising that he has been saying for a while that the possibility of a new contagious infectious disease, such as the new coronavirus, is something that worries him more.
Take what he said to Steve Clemons, The hillThe publisher overall, in June 2019, during the publication’s first Future of Healthcare Summit, when asked about their public health nightmare scenarios.
“As an infectious disease public health person, I mean, there are many other things in society that concern me, but you don’t want my opinion on it; let’s talk about infectious diseases, it’s a respiratory disease, a disease that spreads rapidly, that It’s new, there’s mainly no background immunity in the population. And that almost always turns out to be a new influenza pandemic, “Fauci said.
He added: “I am concerned about that because when you have a respiratory disease that spreads easily and has a high degree of morbidity and some degree of mortality, you could have a public health catastrophe.”
That’s an accurate prediction (aside from the flu part), and Fauci feels bad about how accurate she was.
“I’m sorry I was so prescient when we had our last interview, Steve. I’m really sorry about that,” Fauci said during this year’s edition of The hill’s health summit on Thursday.
“When we had our conversation last year, I said this was what I would be most concerned about. I am so sorry it happened, and it happened so quickly after that interview.”
Fauci is not the only one who has been raising this type of alarm. Bill Gates also said that the world needs to prepare for pandemic disease outbreaks in the same serious way that armies prepare for war. Still, the United States has reduced its pandemic public health response capabilities at all levels over the past decade.
“Even as we get through this, and there will be many, many lessons learned, we have to do it in the future, making sure we don’t lose this corporate memory of what we’re going through because it obviously needs to be better prepared,” Fauci said.
Fauci has said that the best way to better prepare for the next pandemic is to take a pragmatic and systematic approach.
“You don’t want to scare society and say, ‘Anytime, something is going to come in and destroy society.’ Because when you hear that over and over again … people get used to it and say, ‘Well, you’re just trying to scare us, ‘”Fauci said last year.
“The way you prepare for an outbreak is to preemptively use scientific and public health capabilities to respond. Don’t try to guess what the next outbreak is because you’re almost always going to guess wrong. Try to put a fundamental system in surveillance site. “
Many experts emphasize that a well-coordinated disease surveillance system is what the United States lacks, and it is a key reason why this pandemic has affected the country so much.
This article was originally published by Business Insider.
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