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Dr. Fauci Just Warned That We Might See Increases in COVID Deaths

The nation’s leading infectious disease expert is worried that increasing cases of COVID will turn grim.

As COVID-19 infections continued to increase in nearly half of the U.S. states in the last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is concerned that the death toll is close behind. During a Monday interview with Good Morning America Dr. Fauci admitted he is concerned that deaths are going to follow the same pattern as infections. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

COVID Warning as the Weather Gets Colder

"We're not in a good place," Dr. Fauci admitted about the number of new infections in the country.  "As we get into the fall and the winter, you really want the level of community spread to be as low as you possibly get it," he continued. This is due to the fact that "as the weather gets colder here in this country, and most parts of the country, people are going to be going indoors" — and due to the airborne nature of the virus, it will give it a much better environment to thrive and spread. 

And, while he is concerned for the coming months, the current trends are also worrisome to him. "There are certainly parts of the country that are doing well, but there are states that are starting to show uptick in cases, and even some increase in hospitalizations," he pointed out. "I hope not, but we very well might start seeing increases in deaths," he stated. "That's really something that I had discussed some time ago is something you don't want to be in a position like that as the weather starts getting cold." 

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We Need To "Focus on the Fundamentals"

One of the ways to prevent this from happening is by focusing on the fundamentals. "We really need to intensify the public health measures that we talk about all the time," he continued. 

These include the wearing of masks, social distancing, avoiding large crowds, outdoors instead of indoors, and practicing hand hygiene. "Now's the time actually, to double down a bit," he added. 

According to the latest statistics from Johns Hopkins University, as of Sunday the number of new COVID-19 infections increased by at least 10% or more compared to the previous week before in 21 states — Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

As for yourself: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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