Anthony Fauci has clearly reached the “hard truths” phase of public messaging, and not a moment too soon if the feds are going to convince people to start isolating themselves. Last night he warned the public that America’s going to look different over the next few months than it usually does. Today he dropped this grim truth bomb in a hearing before the House:
A top federal health official told lawmakers on Wednesday that the coronavirus would continue to spread in the United States, issuing a stark warning: “The bottom line: It is going to get worse,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
He indicated that the National Basketball Association should bar audiences from its games. “We would recommend that there not be large crowds. If that means not having any people in the audience as the N.B.A. plays, so be it,” he said.
There’s nothing surprising about that, just like there was nothing surprising about what he said last night. If you’re following coronavirus news, you know the arc the disease is on; of course it’ll get worse, although the rate at which it gets worse is all-important and depends on social distancing. But to hear him putting it explicitly in buckle-up terms is sobering.