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Dr. Fauci Says This is the #1 Mistake You Could Make 

The vaccine is coming, but we can’t afford to depend on it.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, with infections, hospitalizations, and even deaths linked to the virus breaking records across the country, the probability of an effective vaccine on the horizon is quite comforting. Pfizer announced theirs proved 90% effective in trials. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, warns that the vaccine isn't going to miraculously end the pandemic.

The key member of the White House coronavirus task force spoke with British international affairs think tank Chatham House on Thursday, explaining why we can't simply rely on the vaccine during this international health crisis. Read on to hear his words of warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

What Did Dr. Fauci Say is the Mistake We Shouldn't Make?

According to Fauci, who described the recent surge of cases in 40 out of 50 states as "sobering," "we're not in a very good place right now. If you look at the numbers, data speaks, and data is telling us that we are in a very difficult, challenging situation," he said. "This is a situation, particularly when you're now going into the middle of the fall with the cool weather and the soon to be cold weather in the winter, when people are going to be congregating and out of necessity because of the weather indoors, that makes for a very challenging and ominous situation."

Luckily, a vaccine is on the horizon. "We already clearly have a very effective vaccine that's getting ready to be deployed. We have another one literally on the threshold of being announced, where you have enough data to make a statement about the second, and then there's two or three or four or more vaccines," he explained. 

However, the biggest mistake is to view the vaccine as the only weapon that will save us from our battle with COVID-19. "I think the message that I've been giving now ever since it became clear a few days ago that we have a really quite effective vaccine getting ready to deploy is rather than, 'Hey, don't worry. You're okay,' it's that, 'Don't stop shooting. The calvary is coming, but don't put your weapons down. You better keep fighting because they're not here yet. Help is on the way, but it isn't here yet.'"

While it should serve as an incentive of "please don't give up, don't despair, the end is in sight," as opposed to, "Hey, we're good to go. Don't worry about anything," he points out that "we're not good to go" and "we've got to continue to double down on public health measures.'"

"Vaccines will help us. What we've got to do is just hang on and continue to do and double down on the public health measures," he added. 

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"We have got to double down on the fundamental public health implementation that we've been talking about and incessantly and appropriately: universal wearing of masks, physical distance, avoiding crowds in congregate settings, outdoors, more than indoors and washing hands." 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.