Well, it is certainly not a nightmare that he is having all by himself.
Courtesy of Politico:
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on Tuesday classified Covid-19 as his “nightmare” outbreak scenario, warning that despite the lack of intense daily focus on the coronavirus pandemic, the devastating outbreak is “not over yet.”
“In a period of four months, it has devastated the world,” he said of the virus during a virtual discussion hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
Fauci explained that he’d long feared the emergence of a brand new, respiratory-borne viral illness with both a significant degree of transmissibility and mortality.
“We’ve had outbreaks that have had one or two or three of those three or four characteristics but never all four,” he said. Coronavirus, he noted, checked all of those boxes, and had “indeed turned out to be my worst nightmare.”
Throughout the nearly half-hourlong conversation, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases expressed his shock at “how rapidly” coronavirus “just took over the planet,” attesting to how “extraordinarily efficient” the pathogen is infecting people around the world. Fauci noted that while it took previous viral outbreaks like Ebola and SARS anywhere from six months to a year to travel around the world, “this took a month.”
And, he argued, “those other outbreaks had a degree of containment and finiteness to them from the very beginning.” Fauci described Ebola as more of a “highly lethal local disease,” whereas HIV was “drawn out over an extended period of time” and was associated with a “certain type of an exposure or risk.” As a result, he said, “the entire world never felt threatened by any given disease” as it has with coronavirus.
“And it isn’t over yet,” he added.
When the guy who has been dealing with infectious diseases for over 50 years calls this infectious disease his “worst nightmare” I think that is something that we should take very seriously.
I am not sure that we have all completely come to terms with what we are seeing but this is now the most devastating pandemic in modern times, and yes it is worse than the Asian Flu of 1957 and if we do not respond intelligently it could eventually have a death toll that surpasses the Spanish Flu of 1918.
And the thing is we know what to do, we just have to do it.