Don't Go Here Even If You Can, Warns Dr. Fauci
While the introduction of a vaccine has brought hope to the year-long COVID-19 pandemic, the United States' battle against the highly infectious virus is far from over. In fact, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, things are going to get worse before they are going to get better.
Luckily, there is one easy way that all of us can do our part in slowing the spread of the virus and turning things around for good. During a Tuesday interview with CNN, he revealed what it is. 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 We Need to Stick to the Public Health Guidelines
Dr. Fauci explained that we are currently in a surge that has "inclined" and has a "very sharp" inflection. "When you see it, the numbers that you gave tell it all," he said. "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."
The best way to control the virus is by "really is sticking to the public health guidelines that I've been talking about continuously," he continued, "the simple things we've got to keep doing."
In addition to avoiding travel, which he pointed out "is now too late, because we're into the Christmas/New Year's holiday, the people who were going to travel have already traveled," is to limit exposure. "The thing to do now is to try not to congregate with large numbers of people in social settings, like dinner," he revealed. "Try to keep it restricted to the immediate family and the immediate household. Because once you get to large numbers of people at a dinner, inside, poor air ventilation and circulation, that's when you get in trouble and that's what we're concerned about."
Dr. Fauci Worries About Overflowing Hospitals—"Assume That It's Going to Get Worse"
Fauci also predicts that things will worsen before they improve. "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."
Unfortunately, when the number of infections increase, he points out that hospitalizations and deaths 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 pointed out. "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.