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Dr. Fauci Says This is the "One Thing" He Wants Every American to Know

“Now is not the time to pull back on public health measures. It is entirely understandable.”
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Doctor Anthony Fauci

There are so many things you have to keep straight in order to avoid the coronavirus, from what not to touch to how to schedule your vaccine. It can be daunting—and it can be depressing. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with Mike Murillo of WTOP, who asked him "What would be the one thing…you'd like the American public to know right now?" Read on for the essential response, which offers a bit of hope and direction—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says He Wants You to Know There's a "Light at the End of the Tunnel"

Dr. Fauci's answer was both hopeful and also contained a directive. "I want them to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, particularly that we have multiple, highly efficacious vaccines," he told Murillo. "Now is not the time to pull back on public health measures. It is entirely understandable."

In states like Texas and Mississippi, governors have rolled back restrictions, opening up businesses to "100%" and rolling back mask mandates, to stoke the local economies and address COVID fatigue. "I feel it myself," said Fauci of the push. "You want to get back to some form of normality that will come relatively soon." How soon? "You know, I can't give you an exact month date," said Fauci, "but the better we do with suppressing the virus, the quicker we'll get back to normal. What we don't want to do is to prematurely jump the gun and throw aside all public health measures, because we feel the stress and the strain of wanting to get back to normal. It will occur. We will get back to normal. You can guarantee that we will do it more quickly, the more quickly and expeditiously we vaccinate people. And the more we continue to abide by public health measures until the level of virus is so low. It is no longer a threat."

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How to Get Back to Normal Quicker

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.