Is Fauci Right About New York?

If we’re being realistic, New York was a colossal failure in its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients and prohibited those nursing homes from testing the patients after they were sent to the nursing homes.Image

New York was, arguably, the worst hit place in the world. About 6,500 deaths have been attributed to New York’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Yet, Dr. Anthony Fauci offered praise to the state of New York for its handling of the pandemic.

“We’ve got to do the things that are very clear that we need to do to turn this around,” Fauci told PBS NewsHour. “Remember, we can do it. We know that when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We’ve done it. We’ve done it in New York.”

“New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you’re talking about,” added Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.

Cuomo, as expected, took credit for such a fine job.


But was New York a success by any measure of its handling or did things just get so bad, so fast, that it reached herd immunity? After all, Fauci admitted that New York was hit worse than any place in the world.

Should New York be the 'model' for all others?

Dr. Suneptra Gupta, a world renowned professor of theoretical epidemiology at Oxford, published a study that says the percentage of infected population necessary to achieve the herd immunity sits somewhere between 10-20 percent.

“Seropositivity measures of 10–20% are entirely compatible with local levels of immunity having approached or even exceeded the HIT (herd immunity threshold), in which case the risk and scale of resurgence is lower than currently perceived.”

The state of New York has reported that there have been more than 400,000 cases of the COVD-19 virus across the state.

The CDC says that the number is likely 10 times higher.

“Our best estimate right now is for every case reported there were actually 10 other infections,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said during a June press conference.

As Jordan Schachtel explains, that would mean New York had about 4 million cases and would reach the 20% infection rate that Gupta's team found would be needed for herd immunity.

If New York simply reached herd immunity then that would mean they actually failed at every level of containment as they were not trying to reach herd immunity. That would be too dangerous and costly. They were trying to limit the virus's spread and impact overall.

They failed, miserably.

So, given that New York has been the worst place to be during the outbreak, what is Fauci talking about? What are he and Cuomo celebrating?

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12 thoughts on “Is Fauci Right About New York?”

  1. “What are he and Cuomo celebrating?”

    Their mutual admiration of Socialism and the effects they are having on Trump’s economy.

    1. I do not see how Fauci can stand up there with a straight face. Praising NY for the worse job ever. Killing all those innocent old people.If people do not smell a rat, then shame on them.

  2. Fauci is a power hungry Wiesel that finally got 10 seconds of fame. Cuomo is a worthless rat. He’s a liar. He wouldn’t shut NY down when president asked and he and the rest of the dems were calling Trump a racist when he was trying to close borders to China. Cuomo should be sued for putting elderly back in nursing homes. Do they think we don’t have them on tape?

  3. I am very grateful to Governor Como for his daily updates. He gave us a calm sense of this nightmare, really personalized it . I prayed for his strength and leadership. I cannot imagine dealing with all the negativity from our POTUS and keeping New York strong and smart. God Bless him and all the essential people keeping us sane.

  4. Why has everyone forgotten the CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS which are BIG in NYC??? They were the nain reason NY and NJ got hit so hard

  5. Unfortunately I’ve lost faith in Fauci. Especially, when I read Italy performed autopsies on victums of Covid that passed to find out this is not a virus at all but a bacteria that can cause blood clots. And Italy was able to treat those testing positive with antibiotics and 100 ml. of aspirin. What a disgrace and ultimate lie that has been perpetrated on all the people of the world.

  6. This entire thing has been mismanaged and misrepresented since the outset. The people who are dying are mostly health compromised and elderly. In fact reports that people at student age are hardly affected at all. Why? The Covid is a different strain of what we term the common cold. Most of us already have immunity to that, and yes, there is NO CURE for the common cold nor will it go away so for those of you who feel that some magical day all this will disappear it will not. China went back into full swing 30 days after they had the worst of it and continue to operate as normal. The best thing we can do is prepare to get this virus. let it run its course and become immune to it. Each time a strain of a virus mutates it becomes weaker by nature. The true measure of this virus is not how many people test positive but how many people need serious medical attention from it. Thos I know that have tested positive feel little or no symptoms and those who do are sick with a bad cold for a few days, but all have pulled through it with no side effects. There is no rhyme or reason to the closures and even less to re-openings. Bars and casinos can open, but not DMV or libraries…HUH? Masks are worthless, look at the numbers in PA and MD who have required masks the entire time – they have some of the worst numbers. Hospitals are getting big payments for Covid deaths so they are not realistically reporting accurate cases. People who die of other events who may simply have the virus are having their deaths ruled as Covid deaths when they are not. People who have tested positive and go back for retesting get marked twice as positive if they still have it – wrong counting as far as my education goes. Our children need to be back in school, or adults need to be back at their jobs and America needs to go on with day to day business. We did not shut down for Poilio, or the Swine Flu or the Bird Flu, or Sars or Mers. So what makes this so special besides politics in an election year, federla funds flowing like a mountain stream and everyone getting 15 minutes of fame – those people we never heard of and wish we never had.

  7. That sums it up Fauci fits right in with Cuomo
    both are communist criminals! New York mayor
    just murdered all those nursing home patients
    putting active Covid people in there, that’s insane
    Fauci to say they did it right!😡

  8. Cuomo did one of the poorest jobs of any Governor. His decision to send infected patients back to nursing homes caused many deaths. This is something he should be held accountable. He should be embarrassed not proud. Fauci is dead wrong, but, this is not the first time.