The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that a lack of openness by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials regarding the novel coronavirus’ transmission and their blocking of top U.S. scientists from going to Wuhan to investigate the virus contributed to the rapid spread of the CCP virus.
In addition, Fauci said the late reporting on the person-to-person and asymptomatic transmission of the virus also contributed to the spread. Fauci was clear that if U.S. officials had been aware of the asymptomatic spread, it would have changed the guidance on masks, social distancing, and contact tracing early on.
“You don’t know everything you need to know the first day,” Fauci said.
Although the CCP virus started in China in late 2019, it wasn’t until late January 2020 that the World Health Organization called it a public emergency. And, it wasn’t until July that the Center for Disease Control officially asked people to wear masks to slow the spread of the virus.
On Jan. 6, the United States reported a new highest single-day CCP virus death toll since the disease rocked the nation last year—a new grim record for a pandemic that has been worsening over the past weeks.
The new single-day high comes as the U.S. CDC predicted the overall death toll could exceed 430,000 by the end of January.
“I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” he continued.
A new, more easily spread variant of the CCP virus was announced in the United Kingdom earlier in December. Fauci said this variant needs to be taken seriously as it has emerged in the United States.