Dr. Anthony Fauci is encouraging unity but also recognizes the social unrest spreading across the nation.
During The Hill’s “Health Reimagined: The Future of Healthcare” on Thursday, Fauci was asked what is needed to get “consistent messaging” from Washington, D.C.
Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert and member of the White House coronavirus task force, explained disagreement can be found among the different opinions of this pandemic.
“We are all in this together. One of the problems we’re facing is that in the middle of trying to fight an unprecedented historic pandemic, there is still divisiveness,” Fauci said.
He added, “There’s divisiveness politically. We can see that when we look at the different viewpoints that people take towards this. We are all in this together and we can get through this. We can be part of the solution and not part of the problem of divisiveness.”
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Dr. Anthony Fauci: "We are all in this together. One of the problems we're facing is that in the middle of trying to fight an unprecedented historic pandemic, there is still divisiveness." #TheHillHealth https://t.co/8gWRMgDY5i pic.twitter.com/iz7n58bx6a
— The Hill (@thehill) July 9, 2020
Fauci went on to argue one of the things that is most “disturbing” is the number of young Americans becoming infected because they believe it is statistically less likely they will become ill.
According to Fauci, when young Americans get infected, they are “propagating” the pandemic and are part of the “evolution” of the pandemic.
He noted the importance of both personal and societal responsibility.
“We call for and encourage people to really take the personal responsibility, which actually becomes a societal responsibility. If we do that, we will get out of this and we will get out of this well,” Fauci said.
He went on to express his hope for furthering “scientific advances,” including therapies and vaccines, in addition to public health efforts.
The United States continues to see an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases.
As of Thursday afternoon, there are more than 3 million confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 133,000 deaths.
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