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Dr. Fauci On When 'This Will End'

The infectious-disease expert says there's light at the end of the tunnel.
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We're more than eight months into the coronavirus pandemic. Most areas of the country are heading into a second or third wave of infections. Officials in some cities are talking about shutdowns. Are you tired of it all? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, understands—and says the end is in sight. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

When Will This End, According to Dr. Fauci?

"People are really fatigued with this," he said in an interview with KNX Newsradio on Monday. That's something that we do have to deal with. And that's why I like, and want, to get the message across that this will end."

Fauci detailed what exactly that end will look like. "We will put this behind us with a combination of a vaccine," he said. "I truly believe, since I'm deeply involved in the development and the testing of vaccines, that by the end of this year, we likely will have a vaccine that's safe and effective—probably more than one vaccine—that will help greatly in alleviating some of the stresses that are put on us by the need to adhere to several of these public health measures. Not that you ever want to give them up, but the vaccine would be very helpful."

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COVID Cases are on the Rise

Fauci warned that coronavirus cases are on the rise. "If things don't turn around and change as we get into the cool months of the fall and the cold months of the winter, that we may be headed into some really more serious issues than we've experienced. And we really want to avoid that." 

But he also warned against black-and-white thinking: Wearing a mask is not going to lead to a citywide lockdown. "I think the concern is pitting one approach against another. In other words, it isn't all or none," said Fauci. "And I think that's where the lesson was early on. That people interpreted either you shut down completely and cause economic distress, or you just let it rip and let everybody go out and get infected, no matter what happens. It shouldn't be extremes."

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He Says We Are "Essentially Inviting Trouble"

Fauci reiterated that it's important to continue with public health practices such as social distancing and mask wearing, and not to give in to COVID fatigue. "We can do important things, get the economy back, without necessarily doing the kinds of things that you sometimes see on television," he said, referring to recent stories about mass gatherings that have led to COVID outbreaks. "We don't need to be out there congregating and essentially inviting trouble." 

As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.