During an interview with CNN host Chris ‘Fredo’ Cuomo the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci explained why Italy is so hard hit with the coronavirus.
Fauci made the explosive but likely accurate claim that the primary reason Italy is so hard hit is because of the large numbers of tourists from Communist China.
“Italy got hit very badly because they had a large number of importations from China by Chinese tourists,” he said.
“And before they even knew what was going on, there was enough baseline people spreading that it essentially got out of hand and it became difficult for them, as good as they are, and they’re very good, to be able to contain it in a way that is contact tracing all that kind of thing.”
Watch as Dr. Fauci explains why Italy is so hard hit by the coronavirus:
This does not even include the effects of Italy’s “hug a Chinese person” campaign.
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CUOMO: Why are we growing faster than other places we assume we’re better set up than?
FAUCI: Well, you know, the insight you get is when you look at the different patterns of what happened in different countries. China versus South Korea versus what we’re seeing in northern Italy.
It really gives you some interesting insight into things.
Not only in the explosive nature in certain places versus others, but also as you start to get to your peak, when do you know that you’re actually turning the corner?
And the data we went over at the W.H.O. Call today, which was representatives from countries all over the world, was that you take a look at the number of new infections on any given day.
So five days ago it was 600. Then four days ago it was 800. Then three days ago it was 1,000. You’re going way, way up.
It’s when the new infections each day start to level off to be the same and then start going down, then you see the curve go down. And that’s exactly what certain countries like China and South Korea have seen.
Italy is not there yet. Italy got hit really badly. Almost certainly, and I think this gets to your question about us here in the United States, is Italy got hit very badly because they had a large number of importations from China by Chinese tourists.
And before they even knew what was going on, there was enough baseline people spreading that it essentially got out of hand and it became difficult for them, as good as they are, and they’re very good, to be able to contain it in a way that is contact tracing all that kind of thing.
It was more mitigation. How do we deal with what we have? They’re in a very difficult position.
If you go now to the United States, we’re a big country and there are different patterns, Chris. Remember weeks ago, the hardest-hit part was in Washington State. And that was a cluster of nursing homes.
FAUCI: And extended care homes. That was a different kind of thing than what you see in New York City. Which very likely got seeded because New York City is a hub of influx of travellers.
Not only originally from China but also from Europe, which has become the new China in the sense of the number of cases.
So New York City is dominating the situation in the United States. About 60% of the infections are in the New York City metropolitan area, and 56% of the new infections are coming from the New York City metropolitan area.
So you guys are getting hit terribly hard and it’s so unfortunate, but that’s the reason why it looks like this big explosion because it is what it is.
Whereas other areas of the country, although they’re seeing cases, they’re at different levels in that curve of kinetics.
FAUCI: But New York is right in the middle of it.
CUOMO: Until Louisiana. And now you have the big easy is getting crushed, specifically New Orleans. And all of a sudden they went from, like, 100 cases last week to now they’re, like, ten times that plus. What’s going on down there?
FAUCI: It’s the same thing. What it is is that what likely happened, they’ve done it now — I mean, I have spoken to the political officials in New Orleans and in the state of Louisiana. They’re now shutting things down in a very vigorous way.
It is likely that that should have been done a little bit sooner.