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"The One Thing You Absolutely Want to Avoid," Says Dr. Fauci

"The one thing you absolutely want to avoid in this country" is not being able to care for someone in need.
Infected patient in quarantine lying in bed in hospital.

Last week, California's Governor, Gavin Newsom, announced that strict new lockdowns were being implemented as a result of the state's undeniable COVID-19 surge. It is expected that in the coming weeks, other states will follow. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the nation's leading infectious disease expert, that shutting things down in the Golden State was a good idea to prevent the one thing you want to avoid in a pandemic: hospitals hitting capacity. Read on to find out how to prevent that from happening, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Hospitals Overflowing are a "Very Difficult Situation"

The situation in California was untenable. ICU beds would otherwise soon be unavailable for the sick in certain areas. The stay-at-home order is meant to prevent that. "I think that's going to rescue them from possibly getting their hospitals overrun," Dr. Fauci revealed during a virtual Q&A on the future of health care at Milken Institute with Norah O'Donnell of ABC News on Monday. "I have spoken in detail to the health authorities in California. They are in, and were in a very difficult situation." 

He added that they were "right at the cusp" of "having the hospital beds be overrun in the sense of not having enough beds, not having enough trained personnel — particularly intensive care." 

"They made a difficult decision, but I believe it was the prudent decision where they said, 'You know, if we keep going up at the rate, very soon our hospital system, our public health system is going to be stretched to the maximum. So now's the time to call a timeout, shut down — not indefinitely — but just enough to add some flexibility to the hospital system,'" he continued. 

If they hadn't locked down and the hospitals hit capacity, they could have been in "significant trouble," Fauci maintains. "The one thing you absolutely want to avoid in this country, this modern wealthy country is to not be able to take care of a patient whose life depends on your care. That would be a horrible situation to be in."

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Dr. Fauci Says His Fundamentals Can Prevent Another Lockdown

His key recommendation in slowing the spread of the virus without having to lock down? Sticking with his fundamentals, including mask wearing, social distancing, and avoiding congregating indoors —even with family over the holiday season. 

"We can do things like, although it is painful, inconvenient and sad, we can double down on blunting some of that by avoiding some of the things as, as warm and pleasant as they are during the holiday season, to do much less of that in trying to keep the gatherings to people within the immediate household," he stated. So follow those fundamentals, and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.