Fauci says Vermont is the national model, but tells Vermont to be cautious

Phil Scott and Anthony Fauci on Video Monitor
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Drs. Anthony Fauci joins Gov. Phil Scott in Tuesday’s press talk. Photo by Mike Dogarty / VTDigger

Dr. Anthony Fauci had two main messages for the Vermonters on Tuesday: the greatest work ever done, and don’t give up.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, questioned reporters for about 30 minutes during a Gov. Phil Scott press conference.

“The message that I would like to hear to all citizens of the state is that this virus is a formidable enemy. If you give it an opportunity to restructure its ugly head, whether you’re in the beautiful rural area of ​​Vermont or in the middle of Manhattan or the Bronx, the virus is going to take advantage of it, ”said Fauci.

“This becomes especially important as we enter the cold winter weather in the fall, so that’s a good question,” he said. “Let everyone maintain our guard and not be polite.”

Scott began the press conference, claiming Vermont’s 0.2% positivity rate for the Kovid-19 tests, the lowest in the country. Fauci said Vermont was an example of what he has been campaigning for months: The first step to reopen the economy and school is to keep the virus under control.

“Even though you are a small state, it should be a model of how you get positivity in such an examination, so that you can really start opening up the economy safely and judiciously.”

Summer quickly turns into fall, and in winter not far away, Fauci said the best way to prepare for leaf peeper and winter athletes is to follow public health guidelines that help combat the virus Proven to be successful: wear masks, maintain a distance of 6 feet from others, avoid crowds and wash hands frequently.

Although more people “are coming to Vermont from states and territories that have a higher degree of test positivity,” Fauci said, “I don’t think you’re essentially going for a second wave.”

“It’s challenging for you to arrive in the fall and winter,” Fauci said, “but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem – if you do such prudent public health measures”.

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Fauci suggested that tourism operators insist that customers and visitors follow those measures.

“So obviously you want to be polite and welcoming, but you also want a degree of protocol,” he said. “So I think a good degree of caution, without excessive restrictions, would be the way to go.”

If everyone cooperates, he said, Vermont and the US “can not only get through the fall in winter, but we can come out of the other end better.

Anthony Fauci on video monitor
Dr. Anthony Fauci called Vermont’s Kovid-19 response “a model for the country”, photo by Mike Dufferty / VTDiger at a press briefing on September 15.

Fauci dodged some more political questions, such as whether Scott should have issued a masked mandate sooner, or whether journalist Bob Woodward should have released his interview with President Donald Trump soon, showing that the president Emerging coronaviruses were lying in his public comment.

“Now it is best to look ahead to what we know and what we are doing, and how we can address it,” he said.

However, he discussed the unique challenge of dealing with a global epidemic during such a divided political climate.

“When you have a situation of a combination of divisions inherent in society, much more politicizing … like an election year, where it really brings out differences between groups, it’s more difficult than in other situations Makes what I’ve found myself in. “, Said Fauci.

Fauci has also been a leader in the national and global fight against HIV / AIDS, Ebola and the Zika virus.

Health Commissioner Mark Levine, himself an infectious disease specialist, asked Fawsey the final question, asking how Americans can trust a vaccine that is ultimately approved by the federal government.

Fauci talked about the various bureaucratic and scientific approvals that would be required before the Kovid-19 vaccine became available. And he said that he believed it would be safe and effective.

“For one, I would not hesitate to take it,” he said.

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