Dr. Fauci Warns These Areas in Big Danger
New coronavirus cases are up 66% in America. Yes, you read that right—they're going up again. Why? A new, more transmissible Delta variant is spreading, partly thanks to unvaccinated Americans. Concerned, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on CBS This Morning with a warning for us all. Read on for 5 life-saving pieces of 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 That the Delta Variant is a "Bad Actor"
"The concern is, first of all, the virus itself can transmit much more readily from person to person," Fauci said of Delta. "We know that from experience in our own country, as well as in several other countries. So you're dealing with a real bad actor virus. The issue is given the number of people in the country who are not vaccinated, that really is the concern because the vaccines that we have available, that we are administering throughout the country, do very well against the Delta, in particular protecting against severe disease, leading to hospitalization." Read on to see which areas of America are most in danger.
Dr. Fauci Said He's Concerned Over These Regions in the USA
"We're concerned about those regions of the country, those states, those areas, those cities in which the level of vaccination is really quite low hovering around 30% or so," he said. That can mean states like Mississippi and Alabama or certain counties in Texas and Florida, where cases are rising. "You've got to do much better than that. Or you're going to start seeing…a considerable increase in the number of cases that are going to be localized to those areas with low vaccination rates."
Dr. Fauci Said You've Got to Get the Word Out: Get Vaccinated
"A lot of effort has been put into getting the messaging out, particularly utilizing trusted messages in the community," said Dr. Fauci. "People like the clergy, family, physicians, sports figures, people that the community trusts. When we started with the vaccine implementation plan, there were large efforts like auditoriums or sports arenas filled with people getting vaccinated. When you get down to now a core lesser group, you've got to go one-on-one. And that's really what the president was talking about, about trying to get some of these advisors, not federal officials, but community people to go out there and try and convince people why it's so important for their own health, for that of their family. And for that of the community to go out and get vaccinated. We really need to get more people vaccinated because that's the solution. This virus will in fact be protected against by the vaccine."
Dr. Fauci Explained the Confusion Over Boosters
Pfizer recommended booster shots. The CDC and FDA said not yet. "When you have a regulatory agency like FDA or a public health agency, like the CDC, whenever they make solid official recommendations, they will do that based on solid data, data, and evidence that they've gotten from clinical studies, which they are very actively accumulating right now," he said. "And we'll utilize that data to ultimately make recommendations, which Pfizer did understandably. They looked at what their data and they said, 'Hey, you know, based on what we see, we think people should get vaccinated with a boost. Well, that's fine, except they're not the official recommending organization."
How to Stay Safe Out There
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.