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Dr. Fauci Warns of "Painful Winter"

Unless we take action now, COVID surges will continue.
Portrait of sick young man in blue jacket put on a hood, having a cold, feeling unwell, coughing, wearing medical face mask, outdoors

Last winter and early spring COVID-19 devastated parts of this country. The deadly virus made its debut during the chilliest months of the year and the midst of cold and flu season, when people were spending most of their time indoors. Now, as we get ready to enter into the second winter season of the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, warns that things are about to go from bad to worse. 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 Said Why the Winter Will be Painful

During the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's annual forum on Friday, Dr. Fauci explained that we are currently in the midst of breaking records for daily numbers of cases. 

"Several months ago, I testified before a Senate committee and I said, 'If we don't get control of this, we might get a hundred thousand cases a day,'" he reminded the host. "And I was blasted for that, because they were saying I was being too alarmist. We're getting close to that right now." The nation reported nearly 90,000 cases just yesterday.

One of his go-to fundamentals in COVID prevention is staying outdoors whenever possible, and he pointed out that in the coming months, it will be difficult to do so. 

"One of the things that's of great concern to me is that as we enter into most regions of the country, into the cool months of the fall and the cold months of the winter, much of what is going to be done is going to be done indoors. And indoors, when you have a respiratory disease is a very problematic situation," he explained. "I'm concerned unless we do something to turn this around, we're going to have a very difficult, very painful winter as we enter into those cold months."

He added that the solution is not shutting the country down, and simply involves following a few simple public health measures. 

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"There are five things that you can do without necessarily shutting the country down," he said. "No one has an appetite to shut the country down again, but if we have universal wearing of masks, physical distancing, avoiding congregate settings in crowds and doing things more outdoors versus indoors and washing hands, we do not necessarily have to accept the inevitability of these major surges we're seeing."

However, if we do accept them, "as we get into November, December, and January, it's going to be a very, very difficult time in the United States."

So follow the fundamentals to avoid COVID-19. "Please wear your mask when you go outside, keep that six foot distance, avoid those indoor gatherings, wash your hands,"  National Institute of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins advises. "All of those simple things are going to be necessary for months to come. And we should just roll up our collective sleeves of energy here and make sure that happens." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID