This Is Dr. Fauci's "Biggest Concern" Right Now
Many Americans seem to be celebrating what they perceive as being the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic due to the three vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson—currently being administered across the country. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, isn't so sure that we are as close to the finish line as the American public perceives. On Thursday at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on "Examining Our Covid-19 Response: An Update from Federal Officials," he revealed he is concerned that another surge is on the way. Read on to find out why Dr. Fauci is concerned about a spike of COVID cases —and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci is Worried We'll "Declare Victory Prematurely"
Dr. Fauci admitted that he is worried that people are letting down their guard. "There are a couple of things that concern me," he said. "Probably the one that's the most prominent is my concern that we will declare victory prematurely."
He pointed out that historically, when public health measures are relaxed after a surge, the numbers will spike again. "If you look at the dynamics of the outbreak, it's a very, very high peak that we had following the holiday season that was expected to have a peak, but not that high. It really went up to 300,000 to 400,000 new cases a day at one point. It's coming down sharply now, but we seem to be plateauing at a level that's unacceptably high around 50 or so thousand cases a day," he explained. "This is what's happened in previous searches where you come to a plateau at a high level, and then you start to surge."
He continued to explain that "Europe is generally about three to four weeks ahead of us in the dynamics of their outbreak," and, while they also recently plateaued, cases have gone back up again, "just as you might've predicted" he said. "A couple of weeks ago, they had a 9% increase. Now they have about a 5% increase," he revealed. "I'm concerned that if we pull back in our enthusiasm for the fact that vaccines are rolling out and things look good, if we pull back prematurely, we may trigger another surge. And that would really set us back and all the things that we're trying to do."
Follow This Advice to Stay Safe
This why it is just as important as ever to 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.