Dr. Fauci Just Warned of Coming COVID "Danger"
With Spring here, and the vaccines rolling out, it's tempting to think the coronavirus is basically over—but it's truly not. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared Good Morning America today to remind Americans that you need to be careful to stay safe—and to stay alive. Read on to see why we all still need to be careful—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Warned That We're In "Danger of a Resurgence" of COVID-19
Dr. Fauci started off on an optimistic note. "Well, I'm quite optimistic about what the impact of the vaccines are going to be because every day we give up to 3 million doses of vaccine in people's arms," he said. "I believe that's going to ultimately have a very positive impact, but in the meanwhile…the number of cases in the country have plateaued. That's not good. They should keep going down and down. And they've plateaued at a level of about 53,000 cases a day, which is not good because we've seen this before—when you plateau like that, there really is a danger of a resurgence," he said. "We're actually seeing that in Europe. And quite frankly, we generally are about three to four weeks behind the dynamics of the outbreak that we see in Europe. So given that the Europeans are surging back up, that is very clear that this is a risk that we will be doing the same thing. Don't pull back. We need to keep doing the public health measures that we talk about."
Dr. Fauci Said Vaccines Were Safe, Despite the Recent News About AstraZeneca
This week, it was revealed that a press release about AstraZenzeca's effectiveness was outdated, leaving Dr. Fauci "stunned"; Europe also paused distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine, concerned about blood clots. (They have since restarted.) How to convince people these vaccines are safe, with these flubs happening? "We have to keep essentially trying as hard as we can to get people to understand that there are safeguards in place," said Dr. Fauci. "And I think the Data and Safety Monitoring Board picking up this discrepancy was an example of a safeguard. And at the end of the day, all of this is going to be decided by the FDA. They will independently go over every bit of data themselves and not rely on any interpretation from anyone, including the company. So that's one thing that the American public should realize, and probably the global public also that our FDA independently goes over that data. So that's something you don't need to be worried about."
How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic
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.