In what was the third installment of his video series, “State of Inspiration,” Golden State Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry sat for a wide-ranging discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci amid ongoing criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump.
As part of the one-on-one conversation, Curry and Fauci discussed the current state of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as various ways to suppress its spread as we head into fall and winter:
“What are the high points that we got right and wrong?” Stephen Curry asked Fauci in the interview, referring to the pandemic.
“With 200,000 deaths and around seven million infections, we’ve got to do better than that,” Fauci replied. “Right now, we have 40,000 new infections as our baselines. That’s an unacceptably high baseline.
“You want to go in to the fall and winter in the best possible position,” Fauci added. “You don’t want to go in where you have 40,000 cases a day as the community spread level. You want to go in with your starting five all in really good shape.”
As of right now, it’s not clear when the coronavirus pandemic will start to lift. Dr. Fauci cautioned Stephen Curry and all citizens to not let their guard down:
“Even though you get no symptoms when you get infected, the fact is: you are inadvertently and innocently propagating the outbreak,” Fauci said. Because by getting infected yourself, the chances are that you are going to infect someone else, who will then infect someone else.”
Even with his busy schedule, Dr. Fauci took the time to sit down with me (AGAIN) and talk about what we’ve gotten right and what we’ve gotten wrong. Let’s continue to be positive! #StateOfInspiration pic.twitter.com/Lgul8lgdIr
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) October 20, 2020
It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is not a fan of Dr. Fauci. Following a rally in Arizona on Monday, Trump took a jab at democratic candidate Joe Biden, chastising him for trusting the world-renowned immunologist:
“You know, Biden wants to lock it down,” Trump told supporters at an Arizona rally, via The Washington Post. “He wants to listen to Dr. Fauci.”
In a call with his staff earlier that day, Trump reportedly described Fauci as a “disaster” and other public health officials as “idiots.”
Though he’s facing opposition, it’s nice to see Dr. Fauci making another public appearance with Stephen Curry. Hopefully, the pandemic will end sooner rather than later.