Fauci Calls Laura Ingraham’s Comparison Between Coronavirus and HIV ‘Misleading’

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Fox News’ Laura Ingraham do not appear to agree on the differences between the coronavirus, HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses) and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Ingraham opened the exchange claiming “life did go on” despite not having a vaccine for SARS or HIV and asked Fauci why the United States is adamant about having one for the coronavirus before the nation returns to normal.

Fauci first explained how HIV/AIDS and SARS are different.

“We don’t have a vaccine for HIV/AIDS but we have spectacularly effective treatment,” Fauci said. “People who invariably would have died years ago right now are leading essentially normal lives. SARS is a different story. SARS disappeared.”

Fauci confirmed a vaccine was created for SARS, it went through the different phases and was proven to be safe, but then the virus disappeared.

He was not on board with Ingraham’s idea the coronavirus is similar to those viruses.

“I think it’s a little bit misleading maybe to compare what we’re going through now with HIV or SARS, they’re really different,” Fauci said.

Watch Fauci’s comments below:

Ingraham went on to suggest the coronavirus could disappear just as SARS did.

“Anything could, Laura, but I have to tell you, the degree of efficiency of transmissibility of this is really unprecedented in anything that I’ve seen,” Fauci said. “It’s an extraordinarily efficient virus in transmitting from one person to another. Those kind of viruses don’t just disappear.”

The coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. As of Friday morning, there are more than 671,000 confirmed cases and at least 33,000 deaths.

President Donald Trump released new guidelines on Thursday evening for states to follow to reopen their economies, as IJR previously reported.

There is no confirmed timeline listed in the new guidelines of when restrictions on states are lifted but Trump did list criteria for states to begin rolling back social distancing restrictions.


  1. I saw the interview, there was no challenge to Fauci by LI, it was a q&a. It is misleading to phrase the click bait that way.

  2. Fauci is a typical delusional democrat. A delusional liberal using fear-mongering to scared people. It is not science! It is a guessing game! He was WRONG about HIV and he is wrong again! We need to ignore the liberal media and the so called experts! Send them to Siberia to die there!

  3. Laura Ingraham went to law school. I find it illogical that ANY America would tune in to hear what a lawyer’s opinion on the handling of a public health crisis. To her credit, she did invite Dr. Fauci, a public health expert, on her show. I did not see this show, but I did see the night before when Ingraham and Reps. Jim Jordan & Lee Zeldin (3 law school grads) gave their non-medical OPINIONS on Pelosi calling back all members of Congress to D.C. It made you scratch your head as to WHY Ingraham wasn’t publicly asking FOX to have all FOX hosts appear in NYC studios.

  4. Of course she is misleading.

    A recent poll showed that a vast majority of FOX viewers, compared with non-FOX viewers, don’t believe the virus victim numbers BECAUSE FOX IS GIVING THEM MISLEADING NUMBERS! FOX as a whole is TRYING to mislead their viewers and it is working. Who knew?

    1. When a news source says that you should ONLY watch them, a sensible person would see the red flags. My experience with FOX News viewers is they tune in WANTING to be mislead. This is not just about Trump or COVID, as it started many years ago.

      1. I understand that. They don’t. They aren’t just the Cult-45, either.

        They like “strong” leaders because they like to be told what to do and what to think. That’s why they time in to FOX but never tune out.

      2. Phyllis, I would think even you would have more sense than make an asinine comment like that! The ONLY people who WANT to be mislead (because of their HATRED of Trump) are DemocRATs who lack the IQ to be able to separate facts from parroted propaganda.

    2. Gee, If I would want misleading numbers and fake news, maybe I should have tuned in to the Commie Noise Network like where you “experts” get all your manufactured BS. Your “poll” is based on the usual nonsense for D’RAT gratification.

      1. Actually, Confused James The Projectionist, the Survey 60 poll was conducted March 13-16. You can look it up.

        It shows a disgusting +20% more did not social distance and protect themselves because FOX told them that they didn’t have to worry (because King Donald The Loser was saying mobody had to worry at that time).

        Then, 11 days later, KDTL pivoted and said, “Oh, BTW, now you should worry.” That’s when FOX pivoted and also changed their tune, a bit.

        So, KDTL was spreading misinformation. FOX was spreading more information. And FOX viewers believed both sources and did not protect themselves when they should have. Idiots.

    3. Scott, there is actually real substance to the premise of inflated numbers in terms of mortality. At present anyone with a positive test for covid-19 is classified as an infection (no problem there) and anyone who dies who had a positive test is listed as a covid-19 fatality. Where I take issue (and many others in the infectious disease world do as well) is that a good number of these types of patients had underlying conditions or co-morbidities and it may well be those were the cause of death and covid-19 was merely present. The only definitive way to establish a cause of death as I’m sure you’re aware is an autopsy. It should also be noted that this policy is not universal; other countries who have patients who were admitted to an ICU with pneumonia or underlying kidney disease and who expire are listed those deaths as, for example, pneumonia or CKD. While there’s no shortage of conspiracy theories that make one want to start handing out tinfoil hats this one has some basis in fact.

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