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Dr. Fauci Just Said Two Words Every American Should Hear

The director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is worried—about you.
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After days in which public officials in Texas, Florida and Arizona admitted they had reopened too early, allowing the coronavirus to spread, "the number of new coronavirus infections during the first six days of July neared 300,000 as more states and cities moved to reimpose shutdown orders," reports to the Washington Post. The U.S. is nearing 3 million confirmed cases and has registered 132,000 deaths. In response, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a discussion with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, that the big spike in cases isn't a second wave. We're still in the first. And there's something we can all do to slow it down.

"It's a Serious Situation"

"The current state is really not good," Fauci told Collins, "in the sense that, as you know, we had been in a situation we were averaging about 20,000 new cases, a day. And then a series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases. Two days ago it was at 57,500. So within a period of a week and a half. We've almost doubled the number of cases," he said.

As for what stage we're in, and when life can get back to "normal," Fauci was blunt. "We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this," he said. "And I would say this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline that really never got down to where we wanted to go. If you look at the graphs from Europe. Europe, the European Union as an entity, it went up, and then came down to baseline. Now they're having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen, we went up, never came down to baseline, and now we're surging back up," he said.

"So, it's a serious situation that we have to address immediately," Fauci warned.

The Two Words Everyone Should Hear

Fauci also worried about how the virus, originally described as one that targeted older people, is now blowing through the young.  "The average age of people getting infected now is a decade and a half younger than it was a few months ago particularly when New York and New Orleans and Chicago were getting hit very badly," Fauci said. "They could infect someone who infects someone, and then all of a sudden someone's grandmother, grandfather or aunt who's getting chemotherapy for breast cancer gets infected," Fauci said. "You're part of the propagation of the pandemic, so it's your responsibility to yourself as well as to society to avoid infection."

Fauci warned that the virus could affect the younger demographic terribly and "put them out of action for weeks at a time."

Patients are indeed getting younger. "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the median age of new Covid-19 patients in his state, which reported a record number of new cases over the holiday weekend, has reached a low of 33. By comparison, the median age of a newly diagnosed coronavirus patient in their 50s and 60s in March and April," reports CNBC

Fauci's advice is the same as it has been, but it's notable that now it's saying it what seems like every single day. That leads us to the two important words he thinks every American should hear: "Avoid crowds," he said. "If you're going to have a social function, maybe a single couple or two—do it outside if you're going to do it. Those are fundamental, and everybody can do that right now." So avoid those crowds, wear your face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently, monitor your health, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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