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Dr. Fauci Just Issued Urgent COVID Warning

In his first press conference, the President’s new Chief Medical Advisor warned we must all be more careful.
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Doctor Anthony Fauci

More than 406,000 Americans have died of coronavirus, which is why you’ll be seeing even more of Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor. In the second press conference of the Biden Administration, Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared in front of Americans to discuss the coronavirus situation, promising to be straight with the press. “The idea that you can get up here and talk about what the evidence, what the science is and let the science speak,” he found liberating. Read on to hear his warning—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Warns We are In a “Very Serious Situation”

“First of all, obviously we are still in a very serious situation,” Dr. Fauci said. “I mean, to have over 400,000 deaths is something that is unfortunately historic—in the very bad sense. When you look at the number of new infections that we have, it's still at a very, very high rate, hospitalizations are up, there are certain areas of the country, as I think you're all familiar with, which are really stressed from the standpoint of beds, from the standpoint of the stress on the healthcare system. However, when you look more recently at the seven day average of cases, remember we were going between three and 400,000.”

“Right now, it looks like it might actually be plateauing in the sense of turning around,” he said, raising hopes. “Now, there's good news in that.” However, he laid down the truth: “You have to be careful that we may not be seeing perhaps an artifact—an artifact of the slowing down following the holidays. So when we see that we think it's real, but one of the things, and it's interesting…please be aware that when you have cases and then a couple of weeks later, you'll see it represented in hospitalizations, intensive care.”

“And then a couple of weeks later,” he said, “in deaths.”

“So you have almost a paradoxical curves where you see something plateauing and may be coming down at the same time as hospitalizations and deaths might actually be going up.”

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Dr. Fauci Also Warned About the COVID-19 Variants

Scientists have discovered mutations of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom and South Africa and Brazil. Fauci discussed them—with a warning. He said the U.K. mutation is in 20 states in America. “First of all, we need to understand that RNA viruses like Coronaviruses mutate all the time—most of the mutations don't have any physiological relevance with regard to the function of the virus itself.” The thing is, the U.K. virus is more transmissible, meaning more people may get sick, which would lead to “more deaths,” said Fauci. The South African virus is not in America, as far as he knows, but that virus could be more unpredictable. Fauci’s takeaway: This is all the more reason why “you absolutely should be wearing the mask. It doesn't necessarily make it less effective. If you properly wear a mask, then you'll be okay.”

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

To avoid all versions of COVID-19, follow Fauci's 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, 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.