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Fauci acknowledges that Americans have a ‘fatigue’ mandate: ‘People don’t like being told what to do’


Dr Anthony Fauci acknowledged on Friday that there is ‘fatigue’ over COVID-19 mandates as respiratory viruses surge in the United States

In an interview with Fox 5 New York, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said that while he thinks future decisions about implementing restrictions should be left to the discretion of local health officials, he knows that people “don’t like being told what to do”.

“I mean, obviously, you would like people to use common sense to protect themselves and their families in this community without necessarily having to impose anything, because, you know, there is a fatigue in being mandated. People don’t like to be told what to do,” he told “Good Day New York.”

“But you really want to encourage people very strongly that when you encounter a fairly large increase in infections, which is followed by an increase in hospitalizations, you want to make sure that you do something to mitigate that,” Fauci noted.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, at the White House on December 1, 2021 in Washington, DC
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The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also told the station that he was concerned about what he called “not very vigorous uptake” of the specific omicron booster.

“We’re doing much, much lower by a percentage point than we shouldn’t be, you know, in some ways that might be understandable, because people want to be done with COVID,” he said. declared. “We have all been exhausted over the past three years. But there is still more to do to protect yourself, your family, and ultimately your community. »

Health officials in cities across the country are encouraging residents to adopt mitigation measures – strongly recommending masking in New York and Los Angeles.

Nurse Jess White stands outside a tent set up to set up a drive-through testing clinic for coronavirus, influenza and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, March 9, 2020.

Nurse Jess White stands outside a tent set up to set up a drive-through testing clinic for coronavirus, influenza and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, March 9, 2020.
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Phoenix officials are encouraging vaccinations as reports of illnesses in Maricopa County are on the rise, including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

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“At this level of transmission, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public, including during travel and in other public places. RSV cases are more than twice as high as during the average peak,” the Maricopa County Public Health Department said. in a press release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that the United States was seeing high levels of the virus – especially for RSV and influenza.

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during the Federal COVID Response Hearing on Capitol Hill June 16, 2022 in Washington, DC

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during the Federal COVID Response Hearing on Capitol Hill June 16, 2022 in Washington, DC
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“Levels of flu-like illnesses, which include people going to the doctor with a fever and a cough or sore throat, are at high or very high levels in 47 jurisdictions, and that’s up by compared to 36 jurisdictions last week. The CDC estimates that since October 1, there have already been at least 8.7 million illnesses, 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths from influenza,” said director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a telebriefing on Monday. “Influenza hospital admissions reported by the HHS Hospital Surveillance System, which were already high for this time of year, nearly doubled in the last reporting period. Compared to the previous week, flu hospitalizations continue to be the highest we have seen at this time of year in a decade, demonstrating the significantly earlier flu season we are experiencing. »

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She encouraged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu and to take preventive measures, such as wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask to prevent the spread of the disease.

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