COVID-19 remains vigilant, Fauci said in an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday, particularly in the Midwest. If we played without caution, went maskless, and hung out en masse, it was entirely possible that we would see a surge, much like the outbursts we saw after Memorial Day weekend.
It’s not exactly the tone President Donald Trump noticed about the pandemic – whether in his own words or through casually retweeting conspiratorial videos – that has led some of the President’s supporters to accuse Fauci of a “conspiracy” with the Democrats to lead “COVID deaths continue to hurt Trump.”
Fauci responded to these allegations in late July, saying he was never really caught up in the whole Twitter thing, and that he is not trying to mislead anyone – which means we are between the testimony of our nation’s preeminent expert on the subject Contagion and a man who once advocated killing the virus with “light in the body” must decide.
Aside from his ingenuity, we as Minnesotans have at least one other reason to trust – no, Stan – Fauci, and that is:
When it comes to mosquitos, he doesn’t fuck around.
In 2016 – the year a Zika virus outbreak alerted public health officials everywhere – Fauci wrote a short editorial for STAT, a medical journalism publication, on what he called “the great mosquito debate.”
His formal position: “Kill them.”
Fauci argues that between Zika, Chikungunya and the multitude of other harmful diseases transmitted by the mosquito, humanity would be much better off without these tiny assholes and we should literally murder as many as possible.
“These insects cause more disease and death than any other animal on the planet,” he writes. “Getting rid of them would be a blessing.”
In particular, he writes in places like sub-Saharan Africa, parts of South America, and Asia, where the climate spreads these bloodsuckers year-round and where they can hum, bite, and get sick freely 24/7. This tiny pest is widely recognized by health experts as the deadliest animal on the planet.
Arguments that characterize mosquitoes as an important part of the ecosystem do not affect it.
“People say, ‘They feed birds,” he writes. “In a recent presentation I gave to the National Institutes of Health, I wasn’t exactly joking when I said,’ Give the birds birdseed and remove the mosquitoes . ‘”
Although he would do anything to eradicate the mosquito completely from the earth, “everyone with whom [he has] spoken, who knows a lot about mosquito biology “says that it is not technically possible. We just have to be content with ongoing extermination in places where winter doesn’t do the job for us.
If you’re curious about the topic, you can watch Fauci’s entire Zika talk here.