A Conversation With Anthony S. Fauci, MD, on COVID-19 and Influenza

August 18, 2020

In the latest issue of Cardiology, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, offers insight into what the cardiovascular community can do to help avert and best manage the confluence of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza this fall. “The worst-case scenario is we have a very active flu season that overlaps with the respiratory infection of COVID-19,” says Fauci. “Worst-case because that would really complicate matters from a diagnostic standpoint, from a therapeutic standpoint, and the standpoint of putting a lot of stress on the health care system.” Fauci also discusses how cardiovascular clinicians should help their patients prepare for the fall, where he thinks cardiovascular patients will fall on a priority list for a COVID-19 vaccination, and which medical subspecialty he thinks will be most involved in the management of long-term sequalae of COVID-19. Read more of the conversation with Fauci and find the full issue of Cardiology at ACC.org/Cardiology.