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Dr. Fauci Warns of "Not Good News" Ahead

We are in “an exacerbation of the original first wave.”
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After a record-breaking week of COVID-19 infections it is clear that the United States is in the midst of a major surge. Some experts are claiming we are in the second wave of the pandemic. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, we are actually still riding out the first. Read on for more, 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

"I look at it more as an elongated — and an exacerbation of — the original first wave," Fauci said during Yahoo Finance's All Markets Summit on Monday morning. 

He explained that while the Northeast has done its part in getting down to baseline numbers by slowing the spread after their initial outbreaks in the spring, numbers in other states around the country never lowered sufficiently, resulting in a high national baseline of around 20,000 cases per day. He added that when many regions chose to open up after national lockdown, they didn't do so responsibly. 

"We started to see a peak that brought us up to around 70,000 per day. Now as we're getting into the cold weather, we came back up again to the worst that we've ever had, which was over 80,000 per day," he continued. 

"We've never really had waves in the sense of up and then down to a good baseline. It's been wavering up and down. So now, we're at the highest baseline. … [It's] kind of semantics. You want to call it the third wave or extended first wave. No matter how you look at it, it's not good news."

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Fauci Shied Away from Politics

As usual, Fauci shied away from the politics involved in the pandemic, especially in regards to the upcoming election, keeping his "energy focused, as they say, like a laser, on what you know the proper and appropriate public health measure is." He plans on continuing to educate the public and says he hopes that people "understand that adhering to public health measures now is going to make it easier."

He added that his recommended prevention measures, which he has come to dub his "fundamentals" — mask wearing, social distancing, staying outdoors, avoiding crowded places, and practicing hand hygiene — are the key to getting the economy reopened. 

"I try and get the point across as often as I possibly can that we shouldn't look at public health measures as something that's an obstacle to the economy," pointed out. "It's a safe and prudent way to get the economy opened." So wear your face mask, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID