NIAID主任 安东尼·福西 和美国. Surgeon General Jerome Adams were in lockstep during a series of appearances on Sunday morning talk shows, pushing the message that the asymptomatic spread is an unchecked element that is driving the severity of the pandemic.
“我们说, 不开玩笑或有咬伤或其他任何东西, 但是你知道: 关闭酒吧, 保持学校开放, 是我们真正说的,” 福西（Fauci）在ABC的电视节目中告诉玛莎·拉达兹（Martha Raddatz） “本星期。” “明显, 你没有一个适合所有人的尺码, 但正如我过去所说, 正如您准确地引用我的话–默认位置应尽可能最佳, 在合理范围内, 让孩子们上学并使他们重返学校。”
Fauci指出，COVID-19在儿童之间的传播是 “低,” 特别是与其他地区相比. 本月初, 纽约市市长比尔·德·布拉西奥（Bill de Blasio）下令所有公立学校转向全面虚拟学习, 此举引起强烈反响 来自整个城市的父母.
“The best way to ensure the safety of children in school is to get the community level of spread low.”
Community spread was a term repeated by Fauci and Adams, with Fauci stressing that “the community level has determined how things go across the board.”
The focus of the message, 虽然, was on the asymptomatic spread – the fact that someone may have the virus but would not exhibit any symptoms, reporting that they feel fine. Asymptomatic carriers can still spread the virus, according to CDC guidance.
“福克斯新闻周日” host Brett Baier asked Adams about a tweet he posted a few days prior, which touted a statistic claiming that the CDC estimates “多于 50% of all infections are transmitted from people who are not exhibiting symptoms.”
“I want people to understand: in the beginning, we did not think, based on our experience with any other respiratory virus, that we would have this high degree of asymptomatic spread,” Adams told Baier. “We now know that over 50% of people, 据CDC称, who are spreading this virus in the community look and feel fine.”
“That’s why we want you to know that household gatherings have been super spreader events,” Adams added. “They’ve been opportunities that have led to viral spread.”
Fauci highlighted the CDC’s attempt to dissuade Americans from traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday – an effort that failed to prevent as many as 5 million travelers from moving around the country over the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day.
“We tried to get the word out, as difficult as it is to not have large gatherings of people and family,” Fauci told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. “But people are not going to do that, 不幸, so what we expect to see as we enter December is a surge superimposed on that surge we’re already seeing.”
Fauci also continued to push the need for convenient testing, 一个 “less sensitive” test that is “easy, cheap, maybe even a home test,” which would help provide the CDC and other agencies with a clear picture of the full penetrance of the virus.
“We have the ability to blunt that by doing things short of locking down, so we don’t precipitate the necessity of locking down,” Fauci added.