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Dr. Fauci Just Called This His "Worst Nightmare"

All of his bad dreams have come true.
Director Of Nat'l Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Discusses Global Health Threats

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has been the voice of the COVID-19 pandemic. Devoting his entire life to studying the most dangerous and deadly viruses — including AIDS and Ebola — he has a thorough understanding about how a single illness can devastate an entire population. In a new interview with the New York Times DealBook Online Summit on Tuesday, Dr. Fauci revealed his "worst nightmare"—and we happen to be living it. 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 His Worst Nightmare Has Come True

"People have asked me throughout the years what my worst nightmare was, and I always, always say, 'Well, it's a brand new infection that jumped species, that's a respiratory-borne, and that has a spectacular capability of going from person-to-person and has a high degree of morbidity and mortality, either in the general population or amongst selected groups," he revealed.

Sound familiar? His worst nightmare is basically COVID-19. "Well, here we are. You know, I'm living that thing that I feared the most," he confessed.

Fauci pointed out that "this is the worst outbreak that we've had of a respiratory borne illness in 102 years."

"You can't run away from the data," he added. Currently, there have been over 11.3 million confirmed cases and over 247,000 deaths in the United States alone. "It's incomprehensible to me how people are not seeing that these are real numbers."

However, Dr. Fauci is hopeful that we can make his nightmare end, and ultimately learn from all the mistakes we made along the way, in order to prevent a similar pandemic from occurring. 

"Let us get out of this," he said. "Hopefully the lessons that we will have learned from this, we will have enough corporate memory that our preparedness will not let something like this happen again."

And, while we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he hopes will be under control by next fall, he is already thinking ahead. "I worry about the next pandemic, cause that's what I do," he continued. "That's what I've devoted my entire professional life to."

"But right now let's focus on getting out of this one," Fauci said. "And then we'll worry about the corporate memory for the next one."

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How to Make This Nightmare End

As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place until there's a vaccine available: Wear your 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, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.