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Dr. Fauci Warns These are Next COVID "Hot Zones"

"Any situation where you have a concentration of people" should use caution.
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During the initial surge of COVID-19, New York City emerged as the nation's hot zone for the incredibly infectious virus. Then, in the late spring and summer, Texas, Florida, and California started feeling the wrath. Then, in the fall, sunbelt states and the midwest started experiencing a surge. During an interview with Gray Television Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert was asked point blank: What is the nation's next hot zone for coronavirus? His answer might surprise you. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Areas With Concentrated Populations are Now in Danger

First, he explained that the answer isn't exactly crystal clear. "It's very difficult to tell," he confessed. "It depends on the degree to which certain regions, states, cities adhere to the mitigation." 

While he maintains that "for the most part, the United States is doing very well," he is most concerned about areas with concentrated populations. "Obviously the things that you're concerned about is those areas where you have big cities," he explained. "Every state has a metropolis in it, some much larger than others. So any situation where you have a concentration of people, the epitome of that is what we're seeing in New York, in New Orleans, in Detroit."

"Hopefully we would not see that kind of explosive infection that we did see unfortunately in New York and to some extent in New Orleans, Detroit and other places, but you have to be careful with cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco." While those cities are of concern, "California and Washington state have actually done quite well in their mitigation to prevent that explosion of cases," he points out.

Bottom line? While some cities are more likely to become hotspots than others, every area has the potential — which makes following the fundamentals so crucial. 

"But you have to be prepared that any particular location, city, town, or what have you is potentially a hotspot. And that's the reason why you can't relax your mitigation regardless of where you are. If you look at the map of the United States, there are cases all over the place, each of which is a little bit of an ember that can turn into a fire, and that's what you have to worry about."

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How to Survive This Pandemic

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.