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Dr. Fauci Just Said "Lockdowns" to Come

“We're not going to get a national lockdown” but “local levels” may have to implement one, he says.
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As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit record numbers, even GOP governors are instituting face mask mandates and statewide restrictions to stop the spread. But will we have a nationwide lockdown? And if not, what kind of lockdowns will we have? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House coronavirus task force, spoke with Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union this morning to discuss just that. Read on to hear his full warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci Said Local Lockdowns are "Likely"

"Twenty-five states have reported record hospitalizations this week due to COVID," said Tapper. "Now I know that you have said you don't think a nationwide lockdown is necessary, but given the numbers we're seeing, do you see any circumstances in the next few months where it might make sense for local officials, mayors, or maybe governors to issue new, stay at home orders in just specific discrete parts of the country?"

"I think that we likely will Jake, if we don't turn around this surge, I mean, you're right," answered Fauci. "We're not going to get a national lockdown. I think that's very clear, but I think what we're going to start seeing in the local levels—be they governors or mayors or people at the local level—will do, as you said, very surgical type of restrictions, which are the functional equivalent of a local lockdown, but we're not going to have a national lockdown, but if things really get bad and you can put your foot on the pedal and yet still you have the surge, you may need to take the extra step that you're talking about."

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Dr. Fauci Says We Can Turn This Around if We Work Together

Dr. Fauci said he'd prefer us to instead practice public health fundamentals in a way that is "uniform, not spotty. Everybody's got to do it," he says. "There's no excuse not to do that right now, because we know that can turn things around. We have good news with regard to the vaccine. So there is light at the end of the tunnel help is coming. And that should, I believe, motivate people to just say, we're going to double down and do this uniformly. Those are the tools we have right now. And they do work. We can get this to plateau and come down."

He acknowledged COVID fatigue was a factor. "Obviously everyone is sensitive to what we call COVID fatigue," he says. "People are worn out about this, but we've got to hang in there a bit longer, particularly as we get into the holiday seasons and the colder weather as we get into the late fall and early winter months, we've got to hang together on this Jake, because we can make it turn around. We really can."

As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place, thus having to lockdown: 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.

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