(CNSNews.com) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that he would bet anything that someone who recovers from the coronavirus has immunity against re-infection.
“We don’t know that for 100 percent certain, because we haven’t done the study to see rechallenges, whether they’ve been protected, but I feel really confident that if this virus acts like every other virus that we know, once you get infected, get better, clear the virus, that you’ll have immunity that will protect you against re-infection, so it’s never 100 percent, but I’d be willing to bet anything that people who recover are really protected against re-infection,” he said in an interview with “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”
Despite earlier theories to the contrary, Fauci said that young people “are not absolutely invulnerable” when it comes to COVID-19, “because we are seeing cases.
“Most of them have some underlying disease, but several don’t who are young people - 30s, 40s - who are getting sick, getting into the hospital, requiring intensive care. Still, the overwhelming proportion are the elderly with underlying disease, but every once in a while, you’re going to get a young person, so if you think you’re completely invulnerable, you’re incorrect,” he said.
In addition, young people who are asymptomatic or have “mild relatively trivial symptoms” can infect someone else who can then infect a vulnerable person.
As far as what therapy drugs are considered effective against the virus, Fauci said “there is no proven safe and effective direct therapy for coronavirus disease for sure.”
“There are a number of clinical trials that are trying to by randomized controlled trials get a definitive answer as to what works and what does not work, what’s safe, what’s not safe. Superimposed upon that, there are drugs that are already approved for other things like hydroxychloriquine for malaria and for certain auto-immune diseases, that there have been anecdotal stories,” he said.
“By anecdotal I mean people kind of think they work, but they haven’t really proven they work. That’s really gotten out there on the internet, so people are very enthusiastic since generally these drugs appear to be safe - and they are - but they do have some toxicities, so a lot of people want a drug even though it’s not proven just in case it might help them,” Fauci said.
“You gotta be careful about that for a couple of reasons. You don’t want to take that drug off the market for the people who really need it who have the diseases it’s used for, and on the other hand, there may be some toxicity. That’s the reason why we’re pushing to try and get as many good clinical trials as possible to prove if it works. If it does, then get it out there really fast for everybody,” he added.