Our Opinion

Amidst the chaos of the coronavirus—fears of getting it, fears of not knowing what will happen in the next hour, day or week—some people emerge as trustworthy sources.

People will continue to voice their opinions on social media. President Donald Trump’s statements will draw various reactions, no matter his accuracy.

One name has emerged, however, as someone upon whom Americans can rely: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

As a recent Associated Press report stated, Fauci has already addressed the global scares of HIV, SARS, MERS, Ebola and anthrax.

Equally as important, he is respected by both Democrats and Republicans.

At long last, Americans might have someone who can bring the parties together.

Fauci has reported a few things in recent weeks, when the coronavirus, a respiratory illness that has killed thousands of people around the world, spread throughout the U.S.

He said the government system isn’t designed for mass testing of possible cases, calling it a “failing.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that bars and restaurants won’t be open for dine-in seating effective at 9 p.m. on March 17. The decision, fairly, drew criticism. Certainly, owners of such establishments are worried about the bottom line and their staff. They can rightfully ask why Illinois’ primary election wasn’t postponed as well.

During a recent edition of “Face the Nation,” Fauci said, “Personally, I wouldn’t go a restaurant.”

Americans shouldn’t need to hear anything more.

There are other ways to support those establishments, such as buying gift cards or ordering carry-out or delivery.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommended that people should not participate in gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.

Some people downplayed the spread of the coronavirus, saying it was overblown by the media.

It certainly doesn’t look that way now, with Trump banning flights from Europe and governors shutting down businesses and schools. Maybe the media isn’t the enemy of the people and is actually trying to save people from a life-threatening virus.

Political arguments aren’t going away, especially as Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders try to earn the Democratic nomination to take on Trump.

When in doubt, as citizens scan through the latest news updates, they should pay close attention to what Fauci has to say.