Dr. Fauci Says How You Can Avoid "Out of Control" COVID
Now that a vaccine is being administered to Americans, many people believe that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this couldn't be further from the truth.
In fact, during a Tuesday interview with CNN, he revealed that things are going to get worse before they are going to get better and that the pandemic has "just gotten…out of control in many respects." Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Said the Vaccine Deployment is Behind Schedule
One of the reasons the COVID crisis is worsening has to do with the vaccine being behind schedule. The administration originally said 20 million would be given before the end of the year. So far, an estimated 2 million have been distributed. "We are below where we want to be," Fauci said about the number of administered COVID vaccines.
However, the main reason we are currently in a surge that has "inclined" and has a "very sharp" inflection is because individuals are refusing to follow the suggested prevention methods—including social distancing, mask wearing, avoiding congregating in large crowds, and traveling when non-essential.
"When you see it, the numbers that you gave tell it all," he said, adding that he hopes the country doesn't top 200,000 infections a day once again. "We're in a very difficult situation. We never got down to a low baseline where you can actually control community spread by identification, isolation, and contact tracing."
Fauci grimly added that things will get worse before they get better, especially due to the holidays traveling and family celebrations. "In addition to the surge, we're going to have an increase superimposed upon that surge, which could make January even worse than December. I hope not. I hope that doesn't happen, but it certainly is possible," he said. "I think we just have to assume that it's going to get worse."
When the number of infections increase, hospitalizations and deaths will follow. "It's highly predictable that once you increase in those number of cases, in a staggered way, every couple of weeks you get increased in the hospitalization," he said, using the "disturbing" situation in California as an example. "You just hate to see that when you have healthcare providers trying as best as they can, knocking themselves out to take care of people, and they're running out of beds," he said. "That's the unimaginable to actually run out of beds."
How to Survive This Pandemic
As for yourself, 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.