Top US health expert warns against premature lifting of lockdown, says it will cause unnecessary suffering and death : India
As the coronavirus cases spread like wildfire in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a vital member of the country’s COVID-19 task force, has warned against an early lifting of lockdown restrictions on Tuesday in the country, asserting that it will trigger an outbreak which will be difficult to control leading to ‘suffering and deaths’ which can be avoided.
“There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control and, in fact paradoxically, will set you back, not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided but could even set you back on the road to try to get economic recovery,” Fauci told the US senate panel about the early lifting of lockdown restrictions.
He further reiterated that governments must follow steps recommended by health experts, and must not lift the lockdown until there is a decline in the number of infections.
“I think we`re going in the right direction, but the right direction does not mean we have by any means total control of this outbreak,” Fauci added.
He also stated that the reentry of ‘students into the full term’ seemed ‘a bit of a bridge too far’ considering that there were no vaccines, or proper treatment available. He noted that some drugs have been used on COVID-19 patients but those cannot be used as prophylaxis or treatment for students, therefore ruling out the possibility for students to return to school.
It is to be noted that Fauci has self quarantined himself after two White House staffers who he has been in contact with tested positive. He gave his testimony to theUS Senate panel while in isolation.
Last week, United States President Donald Trump said that the country has already ‘flattened the curve’, and it is ready for a ‘phased and gradual reopening’ of the economy.
“Thanks to the profound commitment of our citizens, we have flattened the curve and countless American lives have been saved. Our country is now in the next stage of the battle – a very safe phased and gradual reopening, reopening our country,” Trump said.
Trump also said that the country is making ‘tremendous progress’, highlighting that it has ‘accelerated the development of new therapies and vaccines’.
“Something is going to happen. Tremendous progress being made. Don’t want to talk about it until it’s there. But I’ll say they really are making progress. Johnson & Johnson folks have been really fantastic. They want to get to it fast. We’ll all know very soon,” Trump said.
“We’re doing something very dramatic & there hasn’t been anything like what we have done since the mobilisation since World War II. We’ve dramatically accelerated development of new therapies & potential vaccines. We have 90 clinical trials underway & hundreds more on way,” he added.
Trump had earlier said that he was confident the vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19 vaccine will become available by the end of 2020.
Meanwhile, the total number of people infected in the United States by the coronavirus surged to 1.4 Million cases with the deadly virus claiming more than 83,000 in the country, as per the COVID-19 data collated by the John Hopkins University website.
Globally, the virus has infected a total of 4.23 Million people as of now while the number of deaths has reached 290000.