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“I'm not so sure that this is herd immunity that we're talking about,” said Dr. Fauci of the cases dropping.
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You’ve heard that if 70% or more of America has antibodies against coronavirus, we can return to some kind of normal. So when will we get there? One expert recently predicted it’d be as soon as April. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has other ideas, which he shared today on Meet the Press with host Chuck Todd. 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 We’re Not Near Herd Immunity

Chuck Todd mentioned an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that claimed we’ll have herd immunity by April. “There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection,” wrote Marty Makary, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. “As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.”

“Yeah, I'm not so sure that this is herd immunity that we're talking about,” said Dr. Fauci of the cases dropping. “We had a big peak and it was starting to come down. Certainly the number of people that have been infected are contributing to that. Also some contribution with vaccines—not a lot. I don't think we vaccinated enough people yet to get herd immunity.” 

“I think you're seeing the natural peaking and coming down,” said Fauci, adding: “The one comment I want to make about that…is that the slope that's coming down is really terrific. It's very steep and it's coming down very, very quickly, but we still at a level that's very high. What I don't—and none of my colleagues want to see—is when you look at that slope to come down that to say, ‘Wow, we're out of the woods.’”

“Now we're in good shape,” he continued. “We're not because the baseline of daily infections is still very, very high. It's not that 300 to 400,000 that we had some time ago, but we want to get that baseline really, really, really low before we start thinking that we're out of the woods.”

“So keep wearing your masks, everybody at a minimum,” said Todd. Fauci said he couldn’t agree more.

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

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.