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Dr. Fauci Just Predicted When We'd Get Back to Normal

If all goes well, this is when life as we know it will return.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab

This week was a major turning point in the battle against COVID-19, as the first Americans were injected with the highly anticipated Pfizer vaccine. However, the coronavirus curve isn't going to reverse direction overnight — especially since we are in the worst surge of the pandemic so far. So, when can we expect to have some sort of normalcy return? On Friday morning, as United State Vice President Mike Pence became the highest governmental official to get the vaccine, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, urged Americans to "step to the plate" and revealed when we can expect to be on the other side of the health crisis. Read on to hear what he had to say, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

"The Time is Now" to Get Vaccinated

Fauci started off by using the monumental vaccination moment as a message that the public should feel a sense of security in its safety.

"The time is now to step to the plate and, when your time comes, to get vaccinated. Because when we're speaking to you today, I often say it is really bittersweet. The bitterness is the fact of what the vice president mentioned. We still are in the middle of a very difficult situation with record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths," he said. 

"But the sweetness is the light at the end of the tunnel, which I can tell you as we get into January, February, March and April, that light is going to get brighter and brighter and the bitterness is going to be replaced by the sweetness."

According to Fauci, life will start returning to a pre-pandemic normal by the end of the year. 

"We all hope that by the time we get to several months into this year we will have enough people protected that we can start thinking seriously about the return to normality. And that's up to all of us to step forward and get vaccinated," he said. 

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How to Survive the Pandemic Until Then

As for yourself, follow his fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.