“We can either be part of the solution or part of the problem…the only way we’re going to end it is by ending it together.”

 

Dr. Fauci: Start at 39:40min.

TRANSCRIPT FROM CAPTION: DR. FAUCI (39:40)

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO EXTEND SOME OF THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE VICE PRESIDENT AND DOCTOR BIRX. IT HAS TO DO WITH THE SITUATION YOU FIND OURSELVES FACING RIGHT NOW.
  • IT’S VERY CLEAR THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS IN THE COUNTRY, STATES, TOWNS, CITIES AND REGIONS DOING WELL, THEY WILL FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES AND OPEN UP IN A PRUDENT WAY THAT’S BEEN EFFECTIVE.
  • HOWEVER, WE ARE FACING A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN CERTAIN AREAS.
  • WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MAP, YOU SEE SOME DARK PARTS OF THE MAP AND LIKE PART OF THE MAP. WE HAVE A HETEROGENEOUS COUNTRY BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE HAVE NOT INTIMATELY INTERCONNECTED WITH EACH OTHER SO IT GOES ON IN ONE AREA OF THE COUNTRY, ULTIMATELY, IT COULD HAVE AN EFFECT ON OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY.
  • LET’S LOOK AT THIS PROBLEM WE ARE FACING NOW, THIS RESURGENCE OF CASES. I DON’T THINK THERE’S TIME TO TRY TO ANALYZE AND FIGURE OUT THE MULTI- FACETED ELEMENTS, EVERYTHING FROM OPENING A LITTLE TOO EARLY ON SOME, TO OPEN AT THE RIGHT TIME BUT NOT ACTUALLY FOLLOWING THE STEPS IN AN ORDERLY FASHION TO ACTUALLY TRYING TO FOLLOW THE STEPS IN AN ORDERLY FASHION BUT THE CITIZENRY DID NOT FEEL THEY WANTED TO DO THAT FOR NUMBER OF REASONS LIKELY BECAUSE EVERYONE FEELS THE COMMON FEELING OF BEING PENT UP FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.
  • WERE NOT GOING TO SAY BLAME, WE’RE NOT GOING TO TRY TO ANALYZE BUT THERE’S SOMETHING IMPORTANT ABOUT IT THAT I LIKE TO GET A MESSAGE TO THE COUNTRY IN GENERAL.
  • WHEN YOU HAVE AN OUTBREAK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE, IT’S A DYNAMIC PROCESS THAT IS GLOBAL SO REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN CHINA, IT AFFECTED US.
  • WHAT HAPPENED IN EUROPE AFFECTED US. WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS AFFECTING US.
  • WE CAN’T GET AWAY FROM IT, IS INTERCONNECTED SO WE ARE INTERCONNECTED, GOT TO LOOK AT THE FACT OF WHAT OUR ROLE IS IN TRYING TO PUT AN END TO THIS.
  • EVERYBODY WANTS TO END IT AND GET BACK TO NORMAL.
  • EVERYBODY WANTS THE ECONOMY TO RECOVER.
  • I THINK WE ARE ALL PRETTY COMMON AND THAT.
  • DEATH IS A GIVEN. SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
  • WHAT I THINK UPON TALKING TO PEOPLE AND REFLECTING ON IT, THEY ARE SUCH AN UNUSUAL SITUATION BECAUSE IN ALL THE DECADES I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN CHASING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING SO PROTEAN IN ITS ABILITY TO MAKE PEOPLE SICK OR NOT.
  • THERE’S NO OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASE THAT GOES FROM 40% OF THE PEOPLE HAVING NO SYMPTOMS TO SOME HAVING MILD SYMPTOMS TO SOME HAVING SEVERE, SOME REQUIRING STAYING HOME FOR WEEKS, SOMETHING TO THE HOSPITAL, SOME GETTING INTENSIVE CARE, SOME GETTING INTUBATED, SOME VENTILATED AND SOME GOING SO DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU ARE AND THAT, YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE TO THIS PARTICULAR THING BUT ANYONE WHO GET INFECTED IS AT RISK OF GETTING INFECTED TO A GREATER OR LESS DEGREE IS PART OF THE DYNAMIC PROCESS OF THE OUTBREAK AND I KNOW BECAUSE I CAN UNDERSTAND WHEN I WAS IN A STAGE IN MY LIFE WHEN I SAID I’M INVULNERABLE FROM GOOD TO TAKE A RISK, I THINK WHAT WE ARE MISSING IS SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER FACED BEFORE.
  • A RISK FOR YOU IS NOT JUST ISOLATED TO YOU BECAUSE IF YOU GET INFECTED, YOU ARE PART, INNOCENTLY OR INADVERTENTLY, PROPAGATING THE DYNAMIC PROCESS OF THE PANDEMIC BECAUSE CHANCES ARE, IF YOU GET INFECTED, YOU’RE GOING TO INFECT SOMEONE ELSE.
  • ALTHOUGH YOU MAY FEEL WELL AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF PEOPLE GETTING INFECTED OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, LIKELY THE PEOPLE YOU SEE ARE OUT IN CROWDS AND DRINK THEMSELVES, UNDERSTANDABLY, NO CLAIM THERE.
  • BUT THE THING YOU NEED TO REALIZE, WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU’RE PART OF THE PROCESS.
  • IF YOU GET INFECTED, YOU WILL INFECT SOMEONE ELSE.
  • WE KNOW IF THAT HAPPENS BECAUSE THE REPRODUCTION ELEMENT OF THE VIRUS IS NOT LESS THAN ONE SO PEOPLE ARE INFECTING OTHER PEOPLE.
  • ULTIMATELY, YOU WILL INFECT SOMEONE WHO IS VULNERABLE AND IT MAY BE SOMEBODY’S GRANDMOTHER OR GRANDFATHER, UNCLE WAS ON CHEMOTHERAPY, AUNT WHO’S ON RADIATION OR A CHILD WHO HAS LEUKEMIA.
  • I WANT TO BRING THIS OUT WITHOUT MAKING IT SEEM ANYBODY IS AT FAULT, WE HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY TO OURSELVES BUT YOU HAVE A SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE IF WE WANT TO END HIS OUTBREAK, REALLY AND IT AND HOPEFULLY WHEN A VACCINE COMES, WE GOT TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE PART OF THE PROCESS WHEN THE VICE PRESIDENT WENT BACK, PULLING BACK A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, WHEN WE SHOWED ABOUT THE GUIDELINES TO SAFELY REOPEN THE COUNTRY, WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE WE DROP BACK A FEW YARDS AND THINK ABOUT THAT.
  • THIS IS PART OF A PROCESS THAT WE CAN BE EITHER PART OF THE SOLUTION OR PART OF THE PROBLEM.
  • AS WE TRY TO CAPITAL NOT ONLY THOSE STATES BUT THE LIGHT-COLORED PART OF THE COUNTRY, EVEN THOUGH THEY’VE DONE WELL, THEY MAY HAVE GOTTEN HIT BADLY LIKE NEW YORK OR THEY MAY NOT HAVE GOT HIT BADLY OF, VULNERABLE.
  • WE DON’T EXTINGUISH THE OUTBREAK, SOONER OR LATER, EVEN ONES DOING WELL ARE GOING TO BE VULNERABLE TO THE SPREAD SO WE NEED TO TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT BECAUSE…
  • WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER AND THE ONLY WAY WE ARE GOING TO END IT IS BY ENDING IT TOGETHER.