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Dr. Fauci Says When We Get "Our Lives Back"

“Get vaccinated against the coronavirus,” he pleaded to MTA workers. 
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gestures after receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

With coronavirus back on the front page again, post-inauguration, you have a right to be concerned: We have lost 400,000 Americans to the virus, and vaccination distribution appears backlogged. As a result, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is appearing with messaging about the vaccine. Read on to see when he feels we'll "get our lives back" and what you need to do—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

"Get Vaccinated," Fauci Pleads

"As someone who grew up in Brooklyn, the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority has a special place in my heart," he said in a message to the MTA. "The New York City subway system is embedded in my brain. I took the subway every day to get from my home in Brooklyn, to and from Regis High School in Manhattan, I would take either the BMT—what was then called the West End line. When I lived in Bensonhurst, or what was then called the Sea Beach line. When I moved to Dyker Heights, I would take it from there to 14th street in Union Square, where I would pick up the IRT Lexington Avenue express—the 86th and Lex to get to Regis on 85th between Madison and Park. And so I can relate warmly to you folks who played an important role in my younger days as a New Yorker."

"And so, since I care about you all," he continued, "I strongly encourage all MTA workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. This pandemic has taken so much from us and vaccination is the best way for us to fight back and help restore our lives. The US authorized coronavirus vaccines, one made by Pfizer. The other by Moderna are safe and they're free. And there are about 95% effective at preventing adults of all ages from getting sick. The sooner you get vaccinated, the sooner we can get our lives back and our country back on track throughout the US pandemic, you have kept New York city's public transit moving. That is why you are essential workers at the front of the line to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Take advantage of it. Get vaccinated to be fully protected. You need one shot plus a boost, a shot a few weeks later. This may save your life. I wish you all the best take care of yourselves. And even after you are vaccinated, stay safe by continuing to follow public health guidelines of wearing a mask."

When will we be back to normal-ish then? "Fall," predicts Fauci.

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How to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, 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