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This One Thing Keeps Dr. Fauci Up at Night

COVID-19 is his “worst nightmare.”

As an infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been exposed to and studied every frightening and life-threatening virus that has existed over the last several decades. However, none of them—from Ebola to AIDS—has frightened him quite like the virus that is currently spreading around the world. In just 10 months, COVID-19 has infected over 35.8 million people and killed over 1.05 globally. During a Tuesday Student Forum with Holy Cross, Dr. Fauci revealed that coronavirus is the thing that his nightmares are made of. Read on, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

What Keeps Fauci Up at Night

Fauci revealed that over the years people would ask him, "What keeps you up at night? What is your worst nightmare?" The answer? A virus with the capability to spread and kill like COVID. 

"And I said, the thing that keeps me up at night is a brand new virus that jumped species from an animal to a human, that is a respiratory-borne virus and has two conflating characteristics," he explained.

The first element? "One that is highly transmissible from human-to-human." The CDC currently maintains that coronavirus can be spread a variety of ways, "mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks," but can also be airborne, spreading "in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise."

The second characteristic, is a virus that has the ability to take lives. "And two that it has the capability and the characteristic of a high degree of morbidity and mortality either for the population in general or for a subset of the population. And in this case, it's the elderly and those with underlying conditions, including young people who have underlying conditions," he said. 

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He's Living His Worst Case Scenario

"Unfortunately I'm living now, this so-called nightmare and worse case scenario because that's exactly what we have. We have an unprecedented virus that is extremely efficient in going from human-to-human. And that has the capability of killing—even though most of the people who get infected have no problem with it," he continued. 

He then went on to explain to the students the importance of recognizing their roles as asymptomatic spreaders.

"That's one of the things I'd like to get into, into discussion with the students about how young people now in our country are the drivers of the outbreak," he told them. "I think because of a lack of a complete understanding that even though you may be asymptomatic, you are part of the driving force of the outbreak, if you let yourself get infected."  As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, stay outdoors more than indoors when with people you're not sheltering with, wear your face mask, social distance, and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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