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Dr. Fauci says he’s fed up with people who say COVID-19 is fake

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it’s frustrating that people still don’t believe in coronavirus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, left, listens as Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks during a news conference with the coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, left, listens as Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks during a news conference with the coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told USA Today he is fed up with people who don’t believe in the novel coronavirus and its impact.

What happened:

Fauci met with the USA Today editorial board this week, where he talked about the people who think the coronavirus is similar to the flu.

  • “You have (over 250,000 COVID-19) deaths, 11 million infections and 70,000 people in the hospital. Flu doesn’t even come close.”
  • “When you ask me about frustration, which borders on pain, it’s that either people don’t want to look at the data or they look at the data and they say it’s fake. No, it isn’t fake. … This is a global issue. I tell the people who deny or think that this is nothing, do you mean that every single country in Europe is doing the same thing, is making things up? They’re not. I mean, it’s so obvious.”

COVID-19 is not the flu

The novel coronavirus is not the flu, and it is much worse than the flu too, as the Deseret News has previously reported.

Consider this — If the coronavirus was as deadly as the flu, fewer than 5,000 Americans would have died. But the coronavirus has killed more than 250,000 people, and we’re still months away from its conclusion.