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Dr. Fauci Predicts When Things Will "Get Really Bad"

This is when COVID cases will peak, he says.
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Over the summer, it seemed impossible that the COVID-19 pandemic could get any worse than it did in the spring, where hospitals were hitting capacity, there was a shortage of ventilators, and makeshift morgues were being set up in the street. However, despite warnings from top health organizations and experts — including Dr. Anthony Fauci — the health crisis is worse than it has ever been. Scarily enough, the nation's leading infectious disease authority and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, maintains it is going to get even worse. Read on to hear his warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Things Will "Get Bad in the Middle of January"

During a briefing on Monday, Fauci told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he expects the virus will rear its ugliest head in the New Year. "The middle of January could be a really dark time for us," Fauci said. Why? According to Fauci, the decreasing temperatures, Thanksgiving holiday celebrations, and then the upcoming holidays will have an amplified impact in a "surge upon surge" manner. 

"You'd expect that the effect of the Thanksgiving surge would be probably another week and week and a half from now, because it's usually two and a half weeks from the time of the event," Fauci said. "The problem is, that's going to come right up to the beginning of the Christmas, Hanukkah potential surge."  

"We could start to see things really get bad in the middle of January," Fauci predicted.

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You Can Turn the Trajectory Around, Saving Lives (Including Your Own)

However, he did mention that there is one way to turn the trajectory around: either avoid holiday gatherings altogether or take the same precautions during them that you would with strangers — wear a mask, practice hand hygiene, socially distance, and try and congregate outdoors or in well-ventilated spaces.  

"It's such a natural thing to think, when I have family and friends over for the holidays, Christmas and Hanukkah, you get indoors you take your mask off because you're eating and drinking. And you don't realize that there may be somebody that you know, that you love, that's a friend, that's a family member, who is perfectly well with no symptoms, and yet they got infected in the community, and brought it into that small gathering that you're now having in your home," he said.

As for yourself, follow his fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.