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Dr. Fauci Says Here's Where COVID Could Still Spread in America

“You're going to see a much higher risk of outbreaks of some sort or of sustained level of infection” here.
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The COVID-19 pandemic feels well in hand in America—although Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says not to declare "victory" just yet. He calls the danger of another surge incredibly unlikely but says the virus can still rage on in some American counties. Even as it subsides in others. In an interview with Yasmeen Abutaleb, a health policy reporter with The Washington Post, for a Washington Post Live event, the expert shared exactly why—and exactly where—that might happen. So read on to see if it might happen near you—and to make sure you're feeling OK, don't miss our special report: Sure Signs COVID's Affecting Your Body Even After Vaccination.

Dr. Fauci Said Here's Where the Virus Could Still Break Out

Abutaleb asked "what will our new normal start to look like, and is there a risk of a tiered recovery if you have regions of the country with very high vaccination rates and others with much lower ones?" "Yes," said Dr. Fauci. "That's one of the issues when you're dealing with a large, wonderful country that we have, but a large heterogeneous country, where you're going to see certain states, certain regions, certain cities that have a much lower level of vaccine. Unfortunately, what likely would happen is that you're going to see a much higher risk of outbreaks of some sort or of sustained level of infection in those areas that are not fully vaccinated or at least not vaccinated to a high percentage. When the president said 70 percent of the adult population to have at least one dose by July 4th, he was talking about the overall country. You may have certain cities, certain towns, certain counties where you have a much higher percentage, and then there are going to be those which are going to be lower."

Dr. Fauci Said Recovery Will Not Be a "Unidimensional Issue"

"It's not going to be a homogeneous unidimensional issue when it comes to this, and that's the reason why we continue, are out there, trying to explain to people why it's so important for your own protection, for that of your family, as well as for your community responsibility, because if you get vaccinated and you prevent or block the chain of transmission, you are doing that in your own community. What you're doing is you're preventing the virus from continuing its dynamics of spreading from person to person, because when it gets to you, it will be a dead end if you're vaccinated," said Fauci.

"So, again, there's more than just protecting your own health, and that's the reason why we continue to come back to trying to get people to appreciate why it's so important for as many people to be vaccinated as they possibly can, as quickly as they possibly can." So get vaccinated, 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