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If You Live Here, You're at Risk of COVID, Says Dr. Fauci 

These states are more prone to another surge of the virus.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Earlier this spring, President Joe Biden made a goal to have 70 percent of the country vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While it is still unclear whether that goal will be reached in the next few weeks, many people assume that due to the fact that the majority of the country is fully vaccinated, that there is no longer a risk of getting infected with COVID-19. However, this is not the case according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. During an interview with NPR on Thursday, he revealed that some places in the country are riskier than others in terms of infection. Read on to find out where you are more likely to catch the virus—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.

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"They Will Be at Risk," Says Dr. Fauci

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When asked if we could see another COVID-19 surge, despite the fact that 51 percent of eligible people in the country are fully vaccinated, Dr. Fauci confirmed it was possible. While an outbreak won't occur "among vaccinated people," he noted that some places where the vaccination rate is lower, are more prone to another wave. 

"We have a disparity throughout the country," he said. Certain states have low (vaccination) level. They will be at risk."

According to the CDC's data tracker, as of June 15, 2021 there are a whopping 18 states that have less than 40 percent of their population vaccinated. Read on to find out if your state is at risk.

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Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA skyline over the strip at dusk.
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Nevada: Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,208,807, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 39.24

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Texas

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Texas: Number of people fully vaccinated: 11,111,358, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 38.32

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Arizona

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Arizona: Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,775,508, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 38.13

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Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA skyline over Soliders' and Sailors' Monument at dusk.
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Indiana: Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,566,765, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 38.13

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North Carolina

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North Carolina: Number of people fully vaccinated: 3,983,775, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 37.98

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North Dakota

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North Dakota: Number of people fully vaccinated: 287,627, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 37.74

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Missouri

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Missouri: Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,250,526, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 36.67

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Oklahoma

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Oklahoma: Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,430,287, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 36.15

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South Carolina

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South Carolina: Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,859,472, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 36.12

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West Virginia

West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, USA.
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West Virginia: Number of people fully vaccinated: 640,909, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 35.76

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Utah

Utah: Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,134,602, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 35.39

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Idaho

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Idaho: Number of people fully vaccinated: 618,488, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 34.61

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Georgia

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Georgia: Number of people fully vaccinated: 3,596,274, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 33.87

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Tennessee

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Tennessee: Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,305,384, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 33.76

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Wyoming

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Wyoming: Number of people fully vaccinated: 192,334, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 33.23

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Louisiana

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Louisiana: Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,539,268, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 33.11

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Arkansas

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Arkansas: Number of people fully vaccinated: 985,595, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 32.66

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Alabama

Mobile, Alabama, USA skyline with historic Fort Conde.
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Alabama: Number of people fully vaccinated: 1,501,171, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 30.62

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Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA skyline over the Capitol Building.
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Mississippi: Number of people fully vaccinated: 848,045, Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 28.49

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How to Stay Safe Out There

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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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more