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Dr. Fauci Just Said if COVID Would Ever End

The answer depends on people getting vaccinated.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are going up, and vaccinations aren't going up fast enough. The result is needless "pain and suffering," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He appeared on Meet the Press yesterday with host Chuck Todd to discuss the rise in cases and what you can do to stay safe—and to keep small children safe. Read on for five essential points—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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Dr. Fauci Was Asked If We Will Just Have to "Live With" COVID Forever

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"In some respects, yes, but mostly no," said Fauci. "And let me tell you why I say no Chuck, because we have within our power, the wherewithal to really suppress this outbreak, at least in the United States, we want to do it globally. And we're playing an important role in that. But once you've gone to the United States, we still have about 80 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated, who are not vaccinated….If we really got the overwhelming majority of those 80 million people vaccinated, you would see a dramatic turnaround in the dynamics of the outbreak. So it really is up to us. We have the power to do it. We just need to do it."

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Dr. Fauci Believes We are Victims to Our Own Polarization

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"So what you're saying is right now, we're a victim of our own polarization," asked Todd. "I believe so," said Dr. Fauci. "I've been saying that. I mean, to me, it just is astounding with dealing with a public health crisis and this still divisiveness about things like mandating and masks and things like that. Let's crush this outbreak and put those divisiveness and those differences aside." Get vaccinated, he pleaded.

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Dr. Fauci Said Here's How to Keep Kids Safe

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"Where do you see this wave going? And are we headed for basically more increases in cases as school, as school in this virus circulate?" asked Todd. "Well, that's possible Chuck," said Dr. Fauci. "But I believe we can avoid it. I mean, you can avoid it by protecting the children. We want to get them back in the classroom. And we've been through that now for a while, that the deleterious effects of keeping kids physically out of the class regarding psychological, mental and social development, but we want to do it safely. And there is a safe way to do that—it is surround the children with people who are eligible to be vaccinated and who get vaccinated, teachers, school personnel, the students from 12 and older who are eligible to be vaccinated right now, to get them vaccinated and then abide by the CDC recommendations of having masks in the school and do other things to mitigate. And that could be ventilation, that could be testing. That could be a number of things. We understand the risks, but we want to safely get the children back in school and I believe it can be done."

"But as you know," he continued, "there's a lot of issues there that when you try to get mandating of masks, there's pushback from certain authorities, which I feel is really unfortunate because it's going to really endanger the health of the children."

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Dr. Fauci Said the Current Thinking is Still to Get a Booster After 8 Months

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Fauci has said to get your booster shot 8 months after your last dose. President Joe Biden said the other day that 5 months was being discussed. So which is it? "Well, we're still planning on eight months," saisd Dr. Fauci. "That was the calculation we made for this rollout. We'll start on the week of September the 20th, but as we said all along, that's the plan that we have, but we are open to data as they come in. This will have to go through the FDA process and then the advisory committee on immunization practices that advises the CDC. So right now we're sticking with eight, but we're totally open to any variation in that, based on the data."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

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Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, 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, 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