Dr. Fauci Says if America Should Lockdown
As COVID-19 infections continue surging across the country, breaking records on a day-to-day basis, it seems more likely than not that we are headed into the worst phase of the pandemic so far. With infections, hospitalizations, and deaths on the rise, some health experts believe that a lockdown is in order.
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, maintains that we don't need to completely shut down the economy like we did in the spring in order to get the pandemic under control. Read on for his advice for keeping us all safe while bolstering the economy, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Would "Like to Stay Away" From a Lockdown—But it Depends on You
When asked during an appearance on Good Morning America if we were heading toward a national lockdown, he admitted that wasn't sure. "I don't know," he responded. "We would like to stay away from that because there is no appetite for locking down on the American public, but I believe that we can do it without a lockdown. I really do."
Fauci continued to explain that while he suggests we "double down on" specific health measures, it isn't the same as a full lockdown. "You could still get businesses going. You could still have economic forward thinking while you're doing that. You don't necessarily have to shut everything down," he pointed out. "Hopefully we won't have to do that. If we can do the public health measures, we wouldn't have to do that."
"The best opposite strategy to locking down is to intensify the public health measures short of locking down," he pointed out. "So if you can do that well, you don't have to take that step that people are trying to avoid, which has so many implications, both psychologically and economically. We'd like not to do that."
So what are the implied health measures the country needs to double down on? "There are certain fundamental baseline things that you can do: universal and uniform wearing of masks, avoiding crowded, congregate situations, keeping physical distance, even though the weather is in the season of cool weather, try as best as possible to do things outdoors, preferentially over indoors and wash your hands as frequently as you can," he said.
"They sound very simple and given the really very difficult challenge we're facing, one might think that that doesn't make any difference. It really does. We know that as a fact, we know that through experience."
Dr. Fauci said a Vaccine is On the Way—But Not Here Yet
And while he is optimistic that a vaccine is on the horizon, he points out that while healthcare workers and higher risk people will have access to it sooner rather than later, it likely won't be available for everyone until the late spring or early summer.
"I want to just repeat the message that I keep saying over and over again, that help is really on the way," he said. "The cavalry is coming here."
"Vaccines are going to have a major positive impact," he continued. "So if we could just hang in there, do the public health measures that we're talking about, we're going to get this under control. I promise you." So follow Fauci's fundamentals, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.