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Dr. Fauci Reveals a Frightening Truth About Coronavirus

There is still a lot to learn about the highly infectious virus, according to the nation’s top expert. 

For the last eight months, researchers have been busy attempting to understand how COVID-19 works. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, we are still far from understanding the highly infectious and potentially deadly virus that has infected millions of people worldwide. In a new interview with the Infectious Diseases Society of America released today, the country's leading infectious disease expert and a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force explains how we "certainly don't know the whole story" about coronavirus. Read on, and to keep yourself and others safe during this pandemic, don't miss this essential list of the Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

The Frightening Truth Is: We Still Don't Know Everything About COVID-19

"I think we learned the lesson that I think we should have known from our experience with other outbreaks — is that when you're dealing with a work in progress, things change," Fauci said. "And you've got to keep an open mind — that you certainly don't know the whole story — in the first or the second or the third or even the fourth month," he added, pointing out that we are still "learning things in real time."

Amongst the lessons we are still learning? Covid-19's "transmissibility, asymptomatic spread, and the long-term, chronic health problems that some survivors are suffering from months later, the ability of droplets versus aerosols," and of course, how the virus spreads in indoor versus outdoor settings. 

He also explained that we still haven't mastered the art of testing. "We're getting better at that. Hopefully we'll get even better and better as the time goes by," he said. "What we need to make sure we do, that we can adequately and effectively do, is strategic testing in addition to, and not in competition with surveillance testing . . ." he explained. He explained the difference between strategic testing—that informs contact tracing, isolation and treatment of individuals who are infected—while surveillance testing—aka rapid testing—discovers levels of infection in specific communities, such as a college or factory. 

Fauci Says There May Be 'A Lot That We Still Do Not Know'

"As scientists and public health officials, we have to be humble and realize that at any given moment there may be a lot that we still do not know—and we've got to keep an open mind to absorb all of the new information as it comes in, and to put it into the appropriate context," he continued. As for yourself: to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.

Leah Groth
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