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These 3 Little Words From Dr. Fauci Are Now the "Most Notable Quote" of 2020

The infectious disease expert’s words are some of the most defining of 2020.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony S. Fauci attends a coronavirus update briefing Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic will go down in history as the defining event of 2020. As with most historical events, there will be a few key people who will forever be remembered as the heroes and villains of the health crisis. Obviously, one of them is Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institutes of Health and the nation's leading infectious disease expert. While Dr. Fauci has been around for several decades, he became a household name in 2020, earning himself a spot on pretty much every Person of the Year list. Now, one of his trademark phrases has earned itself a spot on another honorable list. Read on to see those magical three words, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says it Often: "Wear a Mask"

In nearly every interview, speech, or public address, Dr. Fauci urged Americans to "wear a mask" in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Fred Shapiro, associate director of the Yale Law School Library, fittingly added it to the list of the most notable quotes of 2020. The catchphrase will be added to "The Yale Book of Quotations," first published in 2006.

According to Shapiro, the quotes picked for the book are not always admirable or eloquent, but simply revealing of the times. The majority of the quotes on this year's list are either somehow related to the COVID-19 pandemic or the 2020 Presidential Election. Here is the list of Yale's most notable quotes of 2020, according to the AP

  1. "Wear a mask." — Dr. Anthony Fauci, CNN interview, May 21.
  2. "I can't breathe." — George Floyd, plea to police officer, Minneapolis, May 25.
  3. "One day — it's like a miracle — it will disappear," President Donald Trump, referring to the coronavirus in remarks at an African American History Month reception at the White House, Feb. 27.
  4. "I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?" — Trump, in remarks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing, April 23.
  5. "I will never lie to you. You have my word on that." — White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, at her first press briefing, May 1.
  6. "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, statement dictated to granddaughter Clara Spera, September.
  7. "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black." — Joe Biden, in an interview with "The Breakfast Club" radio program, May 22.
  8. "The science should not stand in the way of this." — McEnany, referring to school reopenings in a news briefing, July 16.
  9. "You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier." — Biden, in a remark to student at campaign event, Hampton, N.H., Feb. 9.
  10. "We are all Lakers today." — Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, in a remark to reporters after the death of Kobe Bryant, Orlando, Fla., Jan. 26.

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How to Stay Alive During the Pandemic

As for yourself, follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—yes, "wear a 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.

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