Most Americans Will Probably Know Someone Who Could Die Due to Coronavirus, MSNBC Doc Says

Most Americans Will Probably Know Someone Who Could Die Due to Coronavirus, MSNBC Doc Says


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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While most Americans can expect not to die as a result of the growing coronavirus covid 19 outbreak spreading across the United States, they will probably know someone who may well perish from the disease, however, according to a virologist who appears on MSNBC.

Dr Joseph Fair emphasized his continued faith in the efforts of leading federal public health professionals, including Dr Anthony Fauci and others, in an appearance on air Monday.

“They are all consummate public health professionals. This is not their first rodeo, as we would say, and they have done this many times before. That being said, getting testing up and running is the most essential step and getting testing up and running in every place we can, in every city, in every public health laboratory around the country is key for us to understand how widespread this epidemic is. This is not to fear monger. It would be irresponsible for us to create panic when it’s undue.”

More than 700 cases have been confirmed in the United States, with the virus present in more than 30 states and counting. The outbreak is responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide, including 26 in the United States.

Eighty percent of the population is going to survive the covid 19 disease, while “typically a 15 percent to 20 percent rate of mortality for those individuals who are both elderly or have underlying conditions,” he said.

“I can say pretty much with certainty that each one of us, everyone in this country, knows someone with those underlying conditions,” Fair added. “So this is not a political thing. It’s going to affect voters on the left, right, and people that don’t even vote. We need to take it seriously. And even if you yourself are going to be okay, you still have the potential, and are, infecting others that are not going to be okay.”

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