Anthony Fauci, a top U.S. infectious disease expert, said in a new interview that the U.S. government’s response to the new coronavirus health crisis has been met with anti-scientific bias by some Americans,media BGR reported. The infectious disease expert says some people don’t believe in scientific facts and authority, and that can be a real problem. Dr. Fauci said in an interview that anti-science bias is one of the biggest problems the United States has to face in the fight against the epidemic.
“One of the problems we face in the United States is that, unfortunately, there is a combination of anti-scientific biases, you know, and sometimes people are for reasons that are unimaginable and incomprehensible — they just don’t believe in science, they don’t believe in authority,” the leading American infectious disease expert told CNN.
“So when they see someone in the White House (it’s an authoritative channel) talking about science, there are people who just don’t believe it — it’s unfortunate, because you know, science is the truth,” Fucci added. He also talked about scientific resistance to vaccine therapy. Vaccines may provide the additional help people need in the future to actually control the spread of the virus and prevent complications and deaths from COVID-19 in high-risk populations.
“Sometimes the denial there is amazing. It’s the same as those who are anti-vaccine, they don’t want people vaccinated, even if the data clearly shows the safety of the vaccine,” Fauci added. “It’s really a problem. “
Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also spoke about the U.S. embargo and ways in which it might be considered effective in some communities. Fauci did not address any fake news and conspiracy theories circulating online over the past few months, which could explain this resistance to scientific facts and official norms.
He said the blockade had saved “millions of lives”. “When you give advice on what you should do — you should be out there, you should shut down earlier and later?” I mean, people get confused,” he explains. “They said, ‘Wow, you know, we shut down, we’ve caused a lot of chaos in society. We have caused great economic pain and led to the loss of jobs. “
“But if you look at the data, we actually did it when we shut it down, and as the rest of the world did, we’ve saved hundreds of millions of infections and millions of lives,” Mr Fauci said. “However, there are people who say, ‘You shut down, you’ve destroyed the economy, you’ve done destructive things’.’ Others say, ‘Well, if you reduce so many infections by shutting down, why don’t you shut down two weeks early?’ You could have saved more lives’. “
In the same interview, the expert acknowledged that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States had had a disproportionate impact on black Americans, whether they were infected or not. He also spoke about the large-scale vaccine efforts being made and reiterated the importance of this.