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Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Alarming Warning

“Things are going to get worse.”
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
This week, six states saw a 400% increase in COVID cases, as the Delta variant proves, in the words of the CDC, as contagious as chickenpox and 100 million Americans have yet to be vaccinated. Concerned for your staying alive, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on This Week yesterday to sound the alarm. Read on for six pieces of life-saving advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Dr. Fauci Warned "Things Are Going to Get Worse"

Man is lying on bed amidst essential workers.

"I don't think we're going to see lockdowns. I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country, not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter, but," said Dr. Fauci, "things are going to get worse. If you look at the acceleration of the number of cases, the seven day average has gone up substantially. You know what we really need to do; we say it over and over again. And it's the truth. We have a hundred million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated, who are not getting vaccinated. We are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated."


Dr. Fauci Said These People are Extremely Vulnerable

Patient refuses to take vaccination.

"You want people to get vaccinated. The vaccines are doing what they supposed to do. They're protecting one from getting seriously ill requiring hospitalizations, and perhaps even dying. However, when you have unvaccinated people getting infected, you're propagating the dynamics of the outbreak, which ultimately impacts everybody from the standpoint of having to wear masks, from the standpoint of the safety of the kids in school, from the standpoint of being able to open up everything the way we were when we were normal. So yes, from the standpoint of illness, hospitalization, suffering, and death, the unvaccinated are the much more vulnerable, because the vaccinated are protected from severe illness for the most part. But when you look at the country as a whole and getting us back to normal, the unvaccinated by not being vaccinated, allowing the propagation and the spread of the outbreak, which ultimately impacts everyone."

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Dr. Fauci Said This is Why and Where Even Vaccinated People Should Wear a Mask

Cowboy with kerchief mask and glasses practices social distancing during the Coronavirus crisis.

"Masks for the fully vaccinated—the change and the modification of the guideline, which was formally, if you were fully vaccinated, you did not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. The change, as we know now, is that even if you're fully vaccinated, when you are in an indoor setting, in an area of the country that has a high or a substantial degree of transmissibility, what we know is the orange and the red zones, you should wear a mask." That includes states like Florida and Alabama and Texas. 

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Dr. Fauci Said To Expect Some "Breakthrough" Infections

Ill woman lying in bed looking at thermometer suffering from seasonal flu and infectious disease

"There are some breakthrough infections among vaccinated—we need to expect that because no vaccine is a hundred percent effective—but in the breakthrough infections, they are mostly mild or without symptoms. Whereas the un-vaccinated who have a much, much, much greater chance of getting infected in the first place or the ones that are vulnerable to getting severe illness that might lead to hospitalization," said Dr. Fauci. "And in some cases, death. So we're looking not, I believe to lock down, but we're looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we're seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over again, the solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening."


Dr. Fauci Said You Could Spread the Virus if You Were Vaccinated and Had an Infection—As Much as Someone Who Is Unvaccinated

"Even if you, in fact, are vaccinated, that has much more to do with transmission in the sense of, we know now that there are situations as unusual as they are, but they occur. We hear about them all the time because no vaccine is a hundred percent effective, which means in areas of high volume of infection, vaccinated people will get infected. Thank goodness for the most part, they will not get seriously ill. They will generally be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. But we do know now with this very difficult Delta variant, it's different than the Alpha variant in a very important way. And the important way is that it's much more highly transmissible. And when you do get infected, even if you don't have symptoms, the level of virus in the nasopharynx is, is quite high. And in fact, recent studies have shown that the level of virus in the nasopharynx of a vaccinated person who may not be symptomatic or mildly symptomatic is the same as an unvaccinated person. We know that vaccinated, asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic people who are infected can spread the infection. So you want him to wear a mask so that if in fact they do get infected, they don't spread it to vulnerable people."

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Dr. Fauci Said Exercising Your Personal Right to Not Get Vaccinated Puts Other Humans Who Are Not You at Needless Risk

Young woman taking a vaccine from her doctor.

"The fact is there are things that are individual responsibilities that one has, and there are things that have to do with you individually which also impact others and the spread of infection that we're seeing," said Dr. Fauci, "is impacting everyone in the country. So although you want to respect a person's individual right, when you're dealing with a public health situation, with a virus that has an extraordinary capability of spreading rapidly and efficiently from person to person—a person's individual decision to not wear a mask not only impacts them because if they get infected, even though they say, 'It's my decision. If I get infected, I'll worry about that.' But the fact is, if you get infected, even if you are without symptoms, you very well may infect another person who may be vulnerable, who may get seriously ill. So in essence, you are encroaching on their individual rights because you're making them vulnerable. So you could argue that situation both ways." So get vaccinated ASAP, where a mask in high-risk areas, 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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek