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Dr. Fauci Says This "Wrong Decision" Can Cost You Your Life

“Don’t just throw up their hands and say, heck, we're not going to be able to do anything about it.”
Director Of Nat'l Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Discusses Global Health Threats

More than 83,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 right now, with 47 states in the "red zone," according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and more than a million cases last week, a record 200,000 in a single day, this past Friday. "The house is on fire right now," said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. By one measure, the virus is the third-most common cause of death in America. In the midst of all this, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, spoke with host Margaret Brennan on CBS' Face the Nation yesterday to tell you how you can stay safe and not put anyone else at risk—and how to avoid one wrong decision that can cost you, or someone else, your life. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci Says Don't Be Terrified. But Don't Throw Your Hands Up, Either.

Brennan called the surge "exponential" and Fauci had to agree. "On the one hand that is true. When you say exponential, you mean the curve is really very, very steep. If you look at the curve of what we had in the Spring, when it was dominated by the infections in the Northeastern part of the country, particularly the New York metropolitan, the curve was like this." He waved his hand as if drawing a hill. "When you look at what we saw in the Southern States, when we try to reopen, the curve was also like this." He made another hill with his hands. "Right now, the curve is like that." He shot his hand straight up. "It's going up at a very rapid rate. And you look at almost every single day…another record."

"Having said that," he continued, "you don't want people to get terrified." Instead, he wants us to see mitigation measures as the solution—and implement them. "We should not look upon this as a hopeless situation. And one of the things, when you get COVID fatigue, which is entirely understandable that people just throw up their hands and say, heck, we're not going to be able to do anything about it. Let's just do what we want to do. That's the wrong decision because vaccines are coming"—trials have proven 95% effective and some are scheduled to be distributed as early as next month—"and they're going to be available relatively soon. If we can hang in there with the mitigation methods and implementing them, we can get out of this. So there's a very sober message on the one hand, but there's a hopeful message. If we do certain things, it's in, it's within our power to do that."

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How to Survive the Pandemic

Follow Dr. Fauci's fundamentals to protect yourself, your loved one and your fellow humans:

  • Universal wearing of masks.
  • Maintaining physical distance.
  • Avoiding congregate settings or crowds.
  • Doing more outdoors, as opposed to indoors.
  • Washing hands frequently.
  • Avoiding travel during this Thanksgiving holiday, as recommended by the CDC, or doing a risk assessment, per Fauci: Ask yourself who am I putting in danger of death and is it worth it? 
  • And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.