Following the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has suggested that Americans should never shake hands again.
The Herald gathered that Fauci who is also a key member of the White House coronavirus task force made this known on Wednesday, April 8.
According to him, “When you gradually come back, you don’t jump into it with both feet. You say, what are the things you could still do and still approach normal? One of them is absolute compulsive hand-washing. The other is you don’t ever shake anybody’s hands.
“I don’t think we should ever shake hands ever again, to be honest with you. Not only would it be good to prevent coronavirus disease; it probably would decrease instances of influenza dramatically in this country.”
Meanwhile, Fauci said he is hoping to see a “light at the end of the tunnel” by the end of April. The NIAID head also suggested that the number of US deaths from the virus will be lower than initially predicted.
Earlier, The Herald reported that the President of the United States, Donald Trump has said that his government would continue to support African Americans, who he said have been disproportionately affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
He stated this during a White House briefing on the pandemic on Tuesday.
Although there is no nationwide data available on COVID-19 cases by race, a familiar pattern of over-representation by black Americans has emerged in states or jurisdictions that are sharing the information.
Sixty-eight percent of coronavirus deaths in Chicago have been among African Americans, who make up just 30 percent of the city’s population.