Dr. Fauci Warns of New "Smoldering Threat"
Despite nearly 70% of Americans being fully vaccinated, things aren't looking good for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Too many people are unvaccinated. Many of them will catch and spread the virus. The virus could mutate into something far worse. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on MSNBC.s All in With Chris Hayes yesterday to sound an alarm. If you've been vaccinated, or haven't, you need to hear these five points, which could save your life. Read each of them, 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 Again About "Two Americas"
Dr. Fauci said again that it "is a situation where you have almost two Americas—an at-risk continuing to get infected, continuing to get hospitalized, unvaccinated America and a vaccinated America that has very low level of infection, very little level of hospitalization and very low deaths. So for the individuals within those areas that don't want to get vaccinated, it's going to be very risky from an individual health standpoint, from the country as a whole, it's going to prevent us from just completely crushing this outbreak. So we will have, because certain sections are not going to want to get vaccinated, this smoldering threat that's always there." Keep reading to see how it could get much worse.
Dr. Fauci Warned the Virus Could Evolve Into Something Worse
"One of the threats that's worrisome to everybody is that the more circulation of virus you have without completely crushing it, the greatest chance of the evolution of yet again, another variant, which we may not be able to handle as well," he said. "Lucky for us, the variants that have circulated are handled quite well by the vaccines that are available. But we're pretty lucky in that regard, if we keep allowing the virus to circulate wherever it is, whatever red states or whatever states are, not the ones that are getting vaccinated, then you have the threat of the entire system getting in trouble because you have a new variant."
Dr. Fauci Said We Have to Do "Whatever it Takes"
Dr. Fauci said we have to do "whatever it takes" to get more people vaccinated "because…it's not like we're out there trying to sell encyclopedias. We were out there trying to get people to save their lives, those of their loved ones, and those are the community. So whatever it takes," he said. He said it's been helpful to "employ trusted messengers" since some people don't want the government knocking on their doors. "Well, I'm not talking about the government knocking on your door, I'm talking about people who you can relate to in the community who you trust and whoever that might be." Fauci said he's been speaking to people on Instagram, "I know people at barber shops or beauty salons or physicians, family doctors, people you trust, sports figures, people in the community that really get it, that what we're talking about is trying to save lives."
Dr. Fauci Said "Get Over" the Politics of It All and Get Vaccinated
Dr. Fauci said "It's not complicated, Chris… We're not asking anybody to make any political statement one way or another. We're saying, try and save your life and that of your family and that of the community." He said he has seen "so many diseases that I deal with that don't have solutions. It's very frustrating. You don't have a treatment. Well…we have a vaccine that's highly, highly effective in preventing disease and preventing severe disease in hospitalization. It's easy to get, it's free and it's readily available. So, you've got to ask, what is the problem? Get over it, get over this political—just get over it and try and save the lives of yourself and your family." (Fox News said "his detractors seized on his 'get over it' comment and saw it as a flash of his contempt for Americans who question his authority. Many point out that the vaccines are still being used under Emergency Use Authorization.")
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.