Fauci: Coronavirus-Driven Public Health Measures Needed to Make Flu Season Less Severe

Public-health initiatives like mask-wearing and social distancing that have been shown to successfully limit the spread of the novel coronavirus might also play an important role in suppressing the severity of the upcoming flu season, according to White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“Steps to fight the flu and COVID-19 overlap greatly,” he said during a virtual briefing on Thursday. “We don’t want those two diseases together.”

Fauci warned that the nation’s health-care system might soon be confronted with a “diagnostic challenge” if there is, in fact, a devastating one-two punch of the seasonal flu plus the coronavirus.

“There’s considerable concern as we enter the fall and the winter months and into the flu season that we’ll have that dreaded overlap of two respiratory diseases, namely influenza and COVID-19,” said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In the United States, on average, between nine

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WATCH: Fauci, Redfield testify on COVID-19 before Senate health committee

Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Robert Redfield testified on the COVID-19 pandemic before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, a day after the country hit another staggering milestone in coronavirus deaths.

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.

“It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher, eight months after the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medical supplies.

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The number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days. It is roughly equal to the

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Fauci and Redfield testify before Senate committee

Washington — Top administration health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield, are testifying before the Senate on Wednesday to discuss the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The hearing comes the day after the U.S. passed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.



a man wearing a suit and tie: House Select Subcommittee On Coronavirus Crisis Holds Hearing On Urgent Need For A National Plan


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House Select Subcommittee On Coronavirus Crisis Holds Hearing On Urgent Need For A National Plan

Redfield and Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are joined by Assistant Secretary For Health Dr. Brett Giroir and Dr. Stephen Hahn, the director of the Food and Drug Administration, in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

In his opening statement, Fauci said that he believed the country would know by November or December whether the vaccines currently being developed

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Watch Live: Fauci, Top Health Officials Face Senate Questions On Pandemic

Four of the top federal officials responsible for managing the coronavirus pandemic are testifying in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Stephen Hahn, director of the Food and Drug Administration; and Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary of health who is in charge of coronavirus testing, will all face questioning.

The hearing comes the day after the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 200,000 people.


Watching the hearing live beginning at 10 a.m. ET.


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the committee’s ranking member,
called on Hahn and Redfield to testify earlier this month, citing what they called “political interference” in the public health agencies.

“It is

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