Warriors' Stephen Curry interviews nation's top infectious disease expert on COVID-19

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"It's still a very, very small minority, but it doesn't mean that young people like yourself should say, 'I'm completely exempt from any risk of getting seriously ill, '" Fauci told the 32-year-old Golden State Warriors guard.

Dr. Fauci has been the Director of NIAID since 1984. The overall mortality of the coronavirus is around 1%. "It's significantly more serious", he said.

President Trump himself has compared the coronavirus to seasonal influenza.

Curry said in the livestream that he was tested for coronavirus after having some minor symptoms, from which he has recovered. Europe, particularly Italy, is in a bad situation, they're still going way up.

While it is true that the elderly and those suffering from conditions like lung disease and diabetes have a far greater risk of dying, some young people who have contracted it have also become very sick, he said.

Curry and Fauci covered everything from the effectiveness of masks to the accessibility of tests.


"One of the most popular questions I get from people is, what does it mean to be recovered?"

Ever since the coronavirus outbreak forced the National Basketball Association to suspend the 2019-20 season, National Basketball Association players have been doing their part to provide assistance during these trying times.

Fauci said specific testing hasn't been done yet to determine whether re-infection is possible but said if COVID-19 acts like other viruses he tracks, it likely won't happen.

Fauci also said it's important not to overwhelm emergency rooms, saying that people should "stay at home" if they're symptomatic, call their health care providers or local health officials, and follow instructions.

"There's a big difference between the extreme of locking a city down, opening it up a bit, but being more careful than you normally would be", Fauci said. The question-and-answer session lasted nearly 30 minutes and averaged close to 50,000 viewers, including former President Barack Obama, on Instagram Live. Though he explained that not every part of the United States should take the same approach with regard to lockdowns.

"This dichotomy between people who are being frightened to death of it versus people who don't even believe it and think it's something trivial that you don't have to worry about", Fauci answered.

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