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Dr. Fauci Says January "Could Be the Worst" Month Yet

“We all need to pull together,” says the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Director Of Nat'l Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Discusses Global Health Threats

You thought the spring was bad. You thought the summer was a slog. You thought this month was the scariest, with coronavirus cases surging and hospitals overflowing. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has news for you. "We are in a precarious position," the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has said. "January could be the worst," he predicted in an interview with Newsweek. 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

Dr. Fauci Says the "Surge Super-Imposed Upon the Christmas Surge" is To Come

"January is going to be terrible," said Fauci. "I think January is going to be terrible because you're going to have the Thanksgiving surge super-imposed upon the Christmas surge. So it's entirely conceivable that January could be the worst."

"At least two to 2.5 weeks, maybe even three, between two and three weeks from when the travel [for Thanksgiving] started, that's when you're going to see the peaks," Fauci said. "Unfortunately I do. I hate to say that but it's the truth and the reality. I do see that happening."

Dr. Fauci reiterated these concerns during a CNN Town Hall, with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Anderson Cooper. Cooper asked about one "latest model projection, almost 539,000 U.S. COVID deaths by April….How bad do you think it's going to get?"

"We're really very concerned," he said, "if you take the Thanksgiving surge, the Christmas surge, by the time you get to the end of December and the beginning of January, we very well could see the numbers that you just mentioned about the predictions of what these surges may mean."

"But we can do something about it," he continued. "That's the important point. We give the numbers, we talk about how problematic it can be—but in the same breath, we've got to say, if we, as a country uniformly, do the things that we know can mitigate against spread the simple things:

  • the universal wearing of masks
  • the keeping of distance through avoiding crowds in congregate settings, particularly indoors
  • wearing your masks at all time 
  • and washing your hands as frequently as you possibly can. 

Those simple things alone, despite the enormity of the problem can make a difference because it has been proven that it does make a difference."

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Dr. Fauci Said Help is on the Way—But Not Here Yet

Dr. Fauci continued to use the promise of a vaccine—which will be distributed to high-priority people as soon as this month—as the carrot on the stick. "We all need to pull together to do that because as I've said so many times, help is on the way, vaccines are imminent. We'll be starting to get vaccine doses in people's arms by the middle and end of December, and then more in January, more in February. And as we get into the late winter and early spring, a lot more. So we need to hang in there and do that while we're waiting to get the vaccine to as many people as possible."
So follow those 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.