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Dr. Fauci Warns Doing This is "Asking for Trouble"

Congregating is “just asking for trouble. And in fact, that's what we got: A lot of trouble.”
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Doctor Anthony Fauci

With coronavirus cases declining, you may think you can relax a bit on your restrictions. Not so fast. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on CNN's New Day this morning to look back on what we've been through—and hopes you've learned a lesson so it doesn't have to happen again. Read on to see what he described as "asking for trouble"—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says Discarding These Public Health Measures is "Asking for Trouble"

Dr. Fauci said his most frustrating moment was "when you're trying to signal the country to really buckle down and address the kinds of mitigation strategies that we put forth, the wearing of masks, the physical distancing, the avoiding congregate settings, the kinds of things that I, and many of the other public health people, who were there trying to get the country to appreciate—the things that we were trying to do all throughout the entire outbreak—I mean, the thing that I remember very clearly is when we were trying to open up the country, open up the economy and to do it carefully with the gateway, the phase one, the phase two, the phase three, I was hoping that we would see a uniform, a unified approach towards all doing that together."

He didn't.

"When signals come saying this isn't so bad, we're in pretty good shape. When we're saying we're not we being the health people that was not helpful because the people who wanted to deny that this is something that was serious. When you get a signal from above that it might not be, then you don't do the kinds of things you need to do. I mean, I still have flashing in my mind those scenes of when we were trying to tell people to really be careful and avoid congregate settings and used to see on television at night, people crowded at bars inside no masks. I mean, that was just asking for trouble. And in fact, that's what we got: A lot of trouble."

Dr. Fauci's Lowest Point of the Last Year

Dr. Fauci went on to describe his lowest points of the last year.

"There were several low points from the standpoint," he said. "I mean, I don't have emotional reactions to these things. I've been through this so many times in different situations, but it does, you know, intellectually pain me when I see things like pleading for people to do the kinds of things that work—the mask wearing, the physical separation—and the denial. I mean, one of the things that I think if, I mean, if I go through the multiple things that were actually painful for me was, when you were seeing situations where there were hospitals that were almost overrun, where you were having 20 ICU beds in a particular hospital and 50 people who needed ICU care. And in those same regions, there were people who were denying that this was going on saying, 'Oh, it's fake news, it's a hoax.' I mean, how could you possibly say that when people in your own state, your own city, your own county are dying? I mean, to me, that just boggled me and, and it still does. It still does how reality can just be put aside and denying the seriousness of the situation we're in. And here we are today, looking at 500,000 Americans who've died thus far. I mean, that's the proof of what actually has been going on. You can't deny that. And I guess, you know, you're asking me what, the thing that was the low point for me is when people deny the reality of what's actually happening."

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How to Stay Healthy During This Pandemic

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.