Dr Anthony Fauci says the US is ‘not even at half-time’ in the fight against coronavirus
The country’s top infectious disease expert says the US is ‘not even at half-time’ in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s radio show Basketball and Beyond with Coach K – on Thursday.
Krzyzewski referred to Fauci, who is also on the White House’s coronavirus task force as ‘America’s point guard’ in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Fauci, 79, was asked how the US is responding to the outbreak and asked to provide a basketball analogy for context.
The physician, who’s led the US in several battles including against AIDS and Ebola, played basketball in high school while growing up in New York City.
‘If you want to do the basketball analogy, that right now we have a team that’s a very powerful team, and that’s the virus, and what we need to do is that we’ve got to play a full-court press,’ Fauci said.
‘I mean, we can’t let them get the ball on the ground to dribble. We’ve just got to be all over them…We’re not even at halftime, Coach K.’
He continued the analogy by stating where he’d like the US to be in the next few months.
‘What would be really nice, to continue the analogy, is that if we can just hold our own and then when we get back in the second half, just come out, like, blazing,’ Fauci said.
‘And that’s what we really need to do. Otherwise, this stuff is going to be really, really very harmful to us as a society.’
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