Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated on Thursday that despite the United States having an “independent spirit,” it’s time for people to “do what they’re told” by government officials and health experts to decrease the coronavirus’ growing numbers.
“I was talking with my U.K. colleagues who are saying the U.K. is similar to where we are now, because each of our countries have that independent spirit,” Fauci said while speaking at Washington National Cathedral. “I can understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”
Dismissing claims that scientists are “authoritarian,” Fauci stated that it’s unfortunate that science has been “lumped into politics.”
“All of a sudden science gets caught in a lot of this divisiveness,” Fauci stated.
The comments come with a rise in coronavirus cases throughout the US over the past months, with cases dramatically increasing over previous weeks. Daily deaths, which usually occur two weeks after new cases are also increasing.
“Case numbers are spiking across most of the United States, leading to dire warnings about full hospitals, exhausted health care workers and potential lockdowns,” reported The New York Times. “As conditions worsened and winter approached, the mayors of Chicago and St. Louis imposed stricter limits on gatherings. In both rural counties and major cities, infections continued rising to fearsome new levels with no end in sight.”
The New York Times’ database showed states in the Midwest are suffering the most with new cases being reported.
“Fourteen states, mostly in the Midwest, had reported record numbers of hospitalizations by midday Thursday as the seven-day average number of cases reached highs in 23 states, from Nevada to Maryland,” The Washington Post reported. “The rapid rise in hospitalizations could foreshadow a long period of rising deaths, said Scott Gottlieb, former director of the Food and Drug Administration. Although improvements in care have pushed the mortality rate below 1 percent in the United States, 1,549 people died of the virus Wednesday, the highest toll since April.”
Dr. Fauci previously stated that he hoped vaccines that were led by the Trump administration through Operation Warp Speed will slow down the pandemic sweeping the globe.
“Certainly it’s not going to be pandemic for a lot longer because I believe the vaccines are going to turn that around,” Fauci added. “Putting it to rest doesn’t mean eradicating it. I doubt we’re going to eradicate this, I think we need to plan that this is something we may need to maintain control over chronically, it may be something that becomes endemic that we have to just be careful about.”