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  • Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor Marty Makary said in an interview Tuesday that Americans have yet to distinguish between current dangers presented by COVID-19 and the pervasive risks created by the virus early in the pandemic.
  • “Right now, we’ve got 1/50th the number of daily cases of this virus” compared with cases of flu during a mild season in the U.S., Makary said.
  • Despite his optimistic outlook, Makary urged a semblance of caution to those who remain unvaccinated.

Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor Marty Makary said in an interview Tuesday that Americans have yet to distinguish between current dangers presented by COVID-19 and the pervasive risks created by the virus early in the pandemic.

“There’s a lot of good news out there, and I think that people need to hear that good news right now. People have an entirely distorted perception of risk,” Makary told CNBC Tuesday, adding that the case fatality rate is “much different.” 

“Right now, we’ve got 1/50th the number of daily cases of this virus,” Makary said, comparing the rate with cases of flu during a mild season in the U.S.

Johns Hopkins data shows the seven-day average of new daily cases is hovering near 16,000, which is a 60 percent decline from the same point a month ago, according to a CNBC analysis. Nearly 64 percent of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Despite his optimistic outlook, Makary urged a semblance of caution to those who remain unvaccinated. But, he said Americans “need to move on at some point.” 


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White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci warned Americans Tuesday that the coronavirus variant first discovered in India could take hold in the U.S. Currently, the Delta variant accounts for nearly 60 percent of all new cases in the United Kingdom. Fauci said at a press briefing Tuesday that the variant has been linked to 6 percent of all new cases in the U.S. 

Fauci said the Delta variant is rapidly emerging in the U.K. as the dominant variant, adding that the variant is contagious and could be linked to increased hospitalizations. 

“It is replacing the B.1.1.7. We cannot let that happen in the United States,” Fauci continued. 


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The World Health Organization said last week that it continues to “observe significantly increased transmissibility and a growing number of countries reporting outbreaks associated with this variant.”


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Published on Jun 09, 2021