Steph Curry Interviews Dr. Fauci: Trajectory of curve must come down before games can resume

Steph Curry Interviews Dr. Fauci Live on Instagram: 50,000 Viewers Watch

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry held a question-and-answer interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci live on Instagram on Thursday. The 30-minute interview was viewed by over 50,000 Instagram viewers.

Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a key member of the White House pandemic response team.

Curry began the interview by saying he wanted to provide accurate medical advice straight to the public. “I think we all can take some of the information we’re going to hear and pass it to our inner circles,” he said. “Information is power.”

Dr. Fauci Responds to Questions

“My question is what needs to happen in terms of the numbers or what metric are you looking at to be able to then determine at mass large gatherings, sporting events, those type of things, are OK to revisit as not a threat to continue the spread of the virus?” Curry asked.

“That’s a great question, Steph,” Fauci said. “And that’s what we deal with on a daily basis when we sit down in the Situation Room in the White House every day to go over that. What you need is you need to see the trajectory of the curve start to come down. We’ve seen that in China, they went up and down, they’re starting to get back to some normal life. They got to be careful they don’t reintroduce the virus into China, but they’re on the other end of the curve. Korea is doing that, they’re starting to come back down. Europe, particularly Italy, is in a terrible situation, they’re still going way up. The United States is a big country, we have so many different regions.”

“New York City right now is having a terrible time and yet there are places in the country that are doing really quite well. You could probably identify people, contact-trace and get them out of circulation, whereas in New York City, it’s doing what’s called mitigation, trying to prevent as best you can, the spread. So a direct answer to your question, we can start thinking about getting back to some degree of normality when the country as a whole has turned that corner and start coming down. Then you can pinpoint cases much more easily than getting overwhelmed by cases, which is what’s going on in New York City.”

Additional comments from Dr. Fauci
“We are starting to see that there are some people, like you, who are younger with no underlying conditions, who are getting seriously ill,” Fauci said. “It’s still a small minority but it doesn’t mean young people like yourself should say, I’m completely exempt from getting seriously ill.”

“There’s a dichotomy between people who are frightened to death and people who don’t even believe it,” Fauci said. “It’s not convenient to lock yourself in, it’s not convenient for you [Curry] to not be playing basketball … but we’re going through a time when we have to pull together as a country to not get intimidated and do the kinds of things that can put an end to it.”

Former President Barack Obama Chimed In

During the interview, a ton of questions and comments flooded in from around the globe. One of the comments stood out: former President Barack Obama wrote.

“Listen to the science. Do your part and take care of each other. Thank you, Steph and Dr. Fauci.”

Watch The Interview

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