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Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Urgent COVID Warning

Things could get worse unless we do two things.
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We might be in a better place with the coronavirus pandemic than we were in the late fall and early winter, but if we let down our guard now, things could get worse. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases joined political scientist Ian Bremmer on his show, GZERO, warning that unless certain actions are taken, the virus that is his "worst nightmare" could continue to ravage the world. Read on to hear what he had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Dr. Fauci Had This Urgent Warning: There Could Be a New Surge

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If not enough Americans get vaccinated, and do not follow public health measures, we could be in trouble, warned Dr. Fauci. "It is conceivable that if we fall short that we will have a surge, an additional surge. It's also conceivable if we do this correctly and everyone pulls together, everyone in the country, I mean, all regions, all states do it together, that we could suppress this to a very, very low level. And once you get the dynamics of the outbreak to a very, very low level, even when you get additional surges, it becomes much more effective to be able to identify, isolate, contact trace." Keep reading to see how you can stay safe—and to hear Fauci's "worst nightmare."

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Dr. Fauci Says COVID is His Literal "Worst Nightmare"

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Dr. Fauci started off explaining why COVID-19 is the virus he has been dreading his entire career. "I think we are living through much of that worst nightmare," he revealed. "I remember multiple times responding, 'A respiratory illness that jumped species from an animal host that has a high degree of efficiency and transmitting from person to person. Then as the high degree of morbidity and mortality, either on the general population or in certain groups of people.' And in this case, we know we're at that landmark right now of 500,000 deaths, which is historic and horrible and it's proportion. I mean, people are going to be talking about what we've been through over the last year in decades and decades to come in the similar manner that we would often reference the 1918 pandemic flu." In a second, you'll hear about two tools we have to fight the virus.

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Dr. Fauci Says We're in a Race Between Vaccines and Virus Variants


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When asked if we are "winning" the race between vaccines and virus variants, Fauci confirmed "we are in a race for sure," but pointed out that the "thing that's encouraging is that sharp slope of the downward trajectory of not only the daily cases, but the weekly averages." 

He also confirmed that the variant "now taking hold" in the United States has "enhanced capability" of transmission, is "also a bit more virulent," and will likely be dominant by the end of March. "So that race if you want to call it between a dominant virus that is clearly sensitive to the vaccine that we're using, but has a very strong capability of spreading and transmitted from person to person." 

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Dr. Fauci Said We Have Two Tools to Fight the Virus

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Luckily, "we have two major tools in our arsenal," per Dr. Fauci. "One is a vaccine which as the weeks and the months go by we get more and more available to put in people's arms." However, he did admit that there is a "significant discrepancy between supply and demand," but "if we had all the vaccine that we would need right now, and did mass vaccinations, I believe our chances of winning this war, metaphorically between the virus and ourselves, we would have a distinct advantage."

The other tool is "immediately available to us," Dr. Fauci pointed out. "And that is everybody doing the kinds of public health measures that we've been talking about constantly: the universal wearing of masks, the avoiding close contact, the avoiding congregate settings, particularly indoors, the washing of hands. If we did that in a very assiduous way that everyone pulls together, even without a vaccine, you could be a pretty good defense against the spread."

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic


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So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, 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, 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.