Dr. Fauci Says These Americans Should "Go Get Boosted" Right Away
The FDA just authorized booster shots of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for everyone 18 and older—to be administered six months after their last COVID vaccine dose—and if the CDC agrees (which will likely happen today), those Americans can go get theirs ASAP. This comes as a relief to someone trying to keep you safe: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has wanted boosters approved for weeks now. "Enough is enough. Let's get moving on here," he said Wednesday night. "We know what the data are." So who needs this booster—and how can you stay safe during this holiday season? Read on for five pieces of life-saving advice he shared on All in with Chris Hayes—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
Dr. Fauci Says These Folks Should Go Get Boosted Right Away
If you're over 18, and it's been six months since your last COVID vaccine shot, go get your booster. "Vaccine efficacy wanes over several months," says Dr. Fauci. "It's still a very, very effective vaccine. But as we've seen from studies in Israel, most recently from the UK, when you boost an individual with a third shot who has had an mRNA and a boost that you dramatically increase the protection against infection against hospitalization and in the Israeli study, even against death. So there's no doubt about it. The data are very clear." With the new FDA approval: "If you're 18 or older and you've been primarily vaccinated, go get boosted. Particularly now, as we're entering into the winter season, the weather will be colder. People will be indoors. They're circulating virus around. We're seeing an uptick in some of the cases right now, we had about an 18% increase in cases over the last week or so. We've got a blunt that, and the best way to blunt it is to get unvaccinated people vaccinated in the first place and get vaccinated people boostered as soon as you can."
Dr. Fauci Said Here's How to Stay Safe During Family Gatherings
"The situation is if, and let's just take a scenario, you have a family setting. You're vaccinated, your family members have vaccinated. And even if the children who are yet too young to get vaccinated, go have an enjoyable Thanksgiving in your home. You don't need to wear a mask. The situation is that when you are outside in indoor congregate settings, where you do not know the vaccine status of people, then you should be wearing a mask. If you're in a situation where everybody's vaccinated, then you really don't need to wear a mask if you're at home, that's the situation. And that's the reason why the CDC says when you're in congregate settings and you have no idea who's around you, there's no requirement for vaccination. That's when you need to wear a mask. But if you know, people are vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask."
Dr. Fauci Said Masks Work, Period
Hayes references the "British Medical Journal saying" masks are "the single most effective public health measure against coronavirus, cutting incidents by 53%…It does seem like masks in indoor settings and booster shots are two things where the picture has gotten clearer and clearer and clearer and clearer. And it's pretty crystal clear now." "Exactly," said Dr. Fauci. "I'm so glad you put it that way. And anybody who starts saying you shouldn't be wearing a mask because we don't know if masks works, that's been put to bed. Masks work period. And there are many studies that now show that just like the recent study that has come out from the British study, just literally today."
Dr. Fauci Warned Cases are No Longer Going Down
"It isn't a one day stall," said Fauci of COVID-19 cases no longer going down. "It's a multiple week stall. So we've got to continue to get it go down because I think, if we go into the winter and we're at 70,000 cases per day with a variant that is extremely efficient and spreading from person to person, the somewhat unnerving aspect of it is that if you keep the level of dynamics of the virus in the community at a high level, obviously the people who are most, most vulnerable are the unvaccinated, but when you have a virus as transmissible at Delta, in the context of waning immunity, that dynamic is going to negatively impact even the vaccinated people. So it's a double whammy. The unvaccinated are clearly highly vulnerable, but as long as you get a high dynamic, the virus in the population, you're going to start seeing breakthrough infections even more so than we see now among the vaccinated. So bottom line, short answer. If we do all the things that I said, booster people, vaccinated or unvaccinated, keeping mitigation, don't pull back on masking on indoor situations. The way some of our European colleagues did and have resulted in some surges in certain countries, we can get through the winter reasonably well, if you don't do that, I think we're in for some trouble."
How to Stay Safe Out There
Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, 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, 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.