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Dr. Fauci Just Warned of This Worst Case Scenario

It’s not time to “claim victory”.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
Doctor Anthony Fauci

COVID-19 cases are on the decline, but the pandemic is not over yet. In fact, another surge is not only possible, but very likely. During a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discussed the potential of another spike of infections. Read on to hear his predictions—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Numbers Are Down, But Still "Risky"

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While the numbers have declined over the last month, they are "still at a level that are really quite risky," according to Dr. Fauci. "We have that major surge over this past winter, where the numbers of cases went up extraordinarily high. We were up to 300,000 to 400,000 new cases per day. And up to 3,000 to 4,000 deaths per day. Then it started to sharply decline, which is really good news. It went down very sharply, but now it's kind of plateaued, anywhere between 45, 50 and 60,000 per day." While that is "much better" than before, "it's still at an unacceptably high level," he said. 

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It's Not Time to "Claim Victory"

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He reiterated the warning of Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "We've really got to be careful that we don't claim victory and pull back on all the public health measures that we know work and keep a lid on the surging of infection," he said. Yesterday, Walensky said: "With the coming warmer weather, I know it's tempting to want to relax and to let our guard down, particularly after a hard winter that sadly saw the highest level of cases and deaths during the pandemic so far."

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Dr. Fauci Said We Don't Want What Happened in Europe to Happen Here

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"So although there is good news in the sense that the vaccine continues to get rolled out, we've gone between 2 and 3 million per day, that's very good news, keeping that up where you're going in the right direction," he continued. "But if all of a sudden we declare victory, we can risk a surge. They're seeing that in Europe. In fact, Europe is generally a few weeks ahead of us in the dynamics of the outbreak and they had a plateauing and then they pulled back a bit on there and their mitigation methods. And all of a sudden it started to surge again. We want to make sure that that does not happen here in the United States."

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Please Cancel Any Spring Break Plans

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"I'm pleading with you, for the sake of our nation's health," Walensky said at the briefing yesterday. "Cases climbed last spring, they climbed again in the summer, they will climb now if we stop taking precautions when we continue to get more and more people vaccinated."

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Keep Doing Your Part to End the Pandemic

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So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, 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.