Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Eye-Opening Warning
We heard last year that COVID-19 wasn't so bad for kids. But now more and more kids are getting infected, and some developing Long COVID—symptoms that may never go away. Why? To sound a warning for all ages, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke at the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing and said "we are dealing with a global outbreak." Read on for five life-saving pieces of advice—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 More Kids Are Getting Infected
"There is no doubt that there are more children getting infected," said Dr. Fauci. "The Delta variant is much more highly transmissible than Alpha. So given that you will see more children likely to get infected—and even though the percentage is small, a certain percentage of children will require hospitalization. So quantitatively you will see more children in the hospital regarding the severity of illness.There was a couple of studies, mostly international, which suggested that Delta was more severe in the adults, namely causing more relative percentage of hospitalization and more severe disease with regard to children. This could possibly be the case, but we are not seeing this in a definitive way. The only thing we know for sure is that more infections mean more children will be in the hospital with regard to the school part about that."
Dr. Fauci Warned We are "Dealing With a Global Outbreak"
"It's becoming very clear that we are dealing with a global outbreak of the Delta variant," warns Dr. Fauci. "At least 117 countries now have the Delta variant since it was first detected in June of 2020. We know the transmissibility that's greater than the Alpha variant—at least two times as great. This makes a major difference in transmissibility. The viral load is up to a thousand times greater in the nasopharynx of people with Delta than Alpha, which is a mechanistic reason why you have such a tremendous increase in transmissibility."
Dr. Fauci Said Booster Shots are an Inevitability
"It's a true statement that we believe sooner or later, you will need a booster for durability of protection," said Dr. Fauci. "We are evaluating this on a day by day, week by week, month by month basis, looking at any of a number of studies, both international and domestic studies, and as stated many times, right at this moment, apart from the immunocompromised, we do not believe that others elderly or non elderly who are not immunocompromised need a vaccine right at this moment, but this is a dynamic process and the data will be evaluated. The one thing we are doing is we are preparing for the eventuality of doing that. So if the data shows us that, in fact, we do need to do that, we'll be very ready to do it and do it expeditiously."
Dr. Fauci Says Don't Rely on a Previous COVID Infection to Keep You Protected
"If you're dealing with the same variants, if you get infected with an Alpha variant or another variant, and then you recover from that, you are pretty well protected for a reasonable period of time from re-infection. It isn't perfect, but it's good protection. You can't doubt that the situation changes when you're dealing with the evolution of a new variant, such as the Delta variant and what we are seeing right now—that there are reinfections, the protection you get from the original infection still exists somewhat, but re-infections occur at a much greater rate among individuals now than we did against the original Alpha. So bottom line is when you're dealing with a variant, you don't get the kind of protection that you would have hoped to have gotten from a previous infection regarding the issue of vaccinating people."
How to Stay Safe, and Keep the Kids Safe
"Where we have higher rates of an infection among children is where we have lower rates of vaccination, in general higher rates of community transmission," said CDC Chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky. "We do know how to keep our children safe. We know how to do so in schools. And we know that most of the infections that is coming in through into schools is coming from high rates of disease in the community. So vaccinate everyone who could be vaccinated. And then to follow the mitigation strategies in our school, including masking in schools." So 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.