Fauci Just Said How We Can Turn Things Around By November
Just because the number of coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are dropping in certain parts of the country, that doesn't mean we are on the road to recovery. In a new interview with CNN's New Day, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, explained that there is one warning signal currently flashing in many Southern states. Keep reading to find out what it is. And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Things Can Turn Around Quickly—If We Do This
While things aren't going back to normal anytime soon, Dr. Fauci is confident that we can improve our current situation by election day. "Everybody on the team of American citizens needs to pull together. … It's up to us," Fauci said. "We can be way down in November … if we do things correctly, and if we start right now." He used the state of Arizona, who has "started to really clamp down and do things right," as an example. "I really do believe, based on the data we see in other countries, and in the United States, in states and cities and counties that have done it correctly, that if we pay attention to the fundamental tenets of infection control and diminution of transmission, we can be way down in November."
This is Main Predictor of Trouble Ahead
While many people focus on the number of infections, hospitalizations, or deaths when considering how bad off coronavirus is in a specific place, Fauci explains that we should be focusing on the positivity rate. "When you look at the number of percentage of the tests that you do that are positive it is referred to as percent positive. It's a clear indication that you are getting an uptick in cases which inevitably as we have seen in the southern states leads to surges and then you get hospitalizations and then you get deaths. So it's a pretty good predictor, usually before people become aware of it, it's that indicator that maybe a fraction or two or a single percentage point creeps up and the percent positive of your tests. And we have seen that in the southern states as predictors."
On How Young People are Unintentionally Propagating the Outbreak
"By getting infected you are propagating the outbreak," Dr. Fauci explained about the people who aren't taking the virus seriously because they fall into low risk categories. "And even though it may not impact you in a negative way, chances are you are going to infect someone who will infect someone who then has an underlying condition or is elderly or can really get into trouble. So you may be thinking that you're not having a negative impact."
On How the Pandemic Will Keep "Smoldering"
"By saying smoldering, I mean unless everyone pulls together and gets the level way down, to a baseline, we are going to continue to see these kinds of increases that Dr. Birx was talking about in several cities."
On How to Prevent the Uptick From Becoming a Surge
In every interview, Dr. Fauci reiterates that everyone needs to do their part, by doing a few, simple things. "Now is the time to accelerate the fundamental preventive measures we all talk about—masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds, outdoors greater than indoors, washing hands, etc — those kinds of simple things can actually prevent that uptick from becoming a surge. This is a predictor of trouble ahead."
Until a vaccine is widely available, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.