Dr. Fauci on voting in person: ‘It’s just as safe to go and get a cup of coffee in a Starbucks’ – By Quentin Fottrell (Marketwatch) / Oct 15 2020
The veteran epidemiologist also urged Americans to make sacrifices: ‘Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year’
Dr. Anthony Fauci has some words of advice for Americans.
Fauci said that voting in person is just as safe as going to Starbucks, assuming other people are also wearing masks. “I think it’s just as safe to go and get a cup of coffee in a Starbucks in which everyone’s wearing a mask and doing the things they should be doing.” Schedule permitting, he said he may go to his local school in person to cast his vote in the presidential election on Nov. 3.
As of Thursday, COVID-19 had infected 38.6 million people worldwide, a number that mostly does not account for asymptomatic cases, and killed more than 1.09 million people. The U.S. still has the world’s highest number of cases (7.9 million), followed by India (7.3 million), Brazil (5.1 million) and Russia (1.3 million), according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an expert in infectious diseases for the last four decades, also told CBS News on Wednesday evening that Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force, has been out in the field looking at the increase in COVID-19 cases in households.