Dr. Fauci ‘Really Confident’ That People Who Recover From Coronavirus Can Become Immune to the Infection

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert on President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, said he was “really confident” that people who recover from the novel coronavirus gain immunity against reinfection.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director told Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Thursday night that he would be “willing to bet anything” on those who recover from COVID-19 being “really protected” against another bout of the virus.

But he also cautioned that there was not “100 percent” certainty on the matter as a full study had not been carried out.

“Do we know yet if getting corona and surviving corona means that you’re now immune to the disease, or is there a chance of reinfection?” Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked.

Dr. Fauci responded: “We don’t know that for 100 percent certain cause we haven’t done the study to see… whether they’ve been protected.

NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses the Zika virus during remarks before the Economic Club of Washington January 29, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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“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, then 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.”

Speaking about people trying to use existing anti-viral drugs such as hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, Fauci said: “Right now, today, as we speak, there is no proven safe and effective direct therapy for coronavirus disease.

“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 and what’s not safe.