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Dr. Fauci Says the Pandemic May Last Another Two Years

He reminds us that life isn’t going to go back to normal as soon as there is a vaccine. 

In December 2019, the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan, China, and things haven't been the same since. Over the last 9 months, over 971,000 people have lost their lives to the highly infectious virus, which researchers are still scrambling to fully understand. While we appear to be on the brink of the introduction of the first coronavirus vaccine—a moment many people assume will be the ultimate game-changer when it comes to putting an end to coronavirus—Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns that we still have an incredibly long way to go. In fact, we likely aren't even halfway there. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

A Vaccine Won't Solve Everything Immediately

In a new interview with the BMJ, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force was asked point blank when he thinks the COVID pandemic will end—and it's not as soon as most of us would hope. 

"I believe it will end with an effective and safe vaccine that ultimately will be widely distributed throughout the world," Fauci responded. However, when a vaccine arrives, it isn't going to mean that people can automatically return to the old "normal" ditching Fauci's prevention fundamentals.

"But that has to happen together with public health measures," he points out. "You're not going to do it only with a vaccine: you've got to do it with the vaccine together with public health measures, until the overall umbrella of protection is over all the world."

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The Virus Won't Disappear Anytime Soon

Unfortunately, Fauci doesn't think the virus is going to disappear anytime soon. "That's not going to happen in a few months," he continued. "It's probably going to take a year or two." 

Earlier in the interview Fauci outlined his "public health messaging" that he has been trying to drill into people for several months. 

"I have always said that we've got to be really, really committed to preventing infection and preventing disease—that's why we talk about universal wearing of masks, avoiding crowds, keeping your distance, outdoor better than indoor, washing hands—and we need to do everything we can to get a vaccine so that we can get this thing under control, because it is not something to be taking in a trivial way at all," he said. As for yourself: to keep yourself free from COVID-19, do as Dr. Fauci advises: wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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