Highlights from the 10.19.14 Sunday Shows

SundayShows-w-candyDr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on ABC’s “This Week

“I think this idea that every single hospital can take care of a seriously ill Ebola patient right now is just not true. So what we’re going to be doing with the CDC and the state health authorities and the hospitals themselves, we know we have four hospitals that are there now, including my own hospital, but we need to pre-train people so that if we need to surge up we can. But I think we don’t want to get people to think that any hospital, community hospital is totally equipped to care for the patient. They must be able to identify and isolate and then from there get them to a place where you have pre-trained people who know how to do it.”

Fauci on CBS’s “Face the Nation

“The guidelines that were on the CDC were WHO guidelines that worked well for many, many years in approaching patients who have Ebola in the African setting, which is in a much less well developed setting, not the tertiary care. Now when you have patients here we do things that are much more aggressive with patients — intubation, hemodialysis — so the explore level is a different, particularly because you are keeping patients alive, because you have the capability. So, those guidelines had some aspects about it that we are going to improve on. For example, the guidelines did have some exposure of skin in the sense you had a mask but there was some skin that was exposed and some hair that was exposed. That is the thing that now in our setting of tertiary care we want to make sure that that’s no longer the case, that you have essentially everything covered.”

Fauci on “FOX News Sunday

“I think what we need to do right now is to make sure that when we talk about things, that we talk about them. There aren’t absolutes. You want to have a delicate balance between assuring the American people, but not scaring them with the fact there may be a risk. So, what we do right now is nothing is completely risk-free. And that’s what people need to understand, but the relative risk of things people need to understand is very, very small.”

Fauci on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on the naming of Ron Klain as Ebola czar

“I think the president made a good move, and I’ll tell you why, Chuck, because you have multiple agencies involved — HHS, DOD, State, et cetera — and we have had good coordination at the White House level with Lisa Monaco, with Susan Rice. They have other very important day jobs. So what we need now is someone who’s going to be there to help coordinate whose only job is doing that. So we welcome that, and I look forward to working with Ron.”

Fauci on CNN’s “State of the Union

“She’s doing fine. Her condition is fair. She is stable. She is resting comfortably. Ebola really knocks you out. I had a very long conversation with her. She’s a lovely young lady. I think when the world gets to see her and we hope she’ll be out and we’ll walk out of the hospital with her, you’ll see what I’m talking about. She’s doing fine.”