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Dr. Fauci Warns "Don't" Do This Before or After COVID Vaccine

Don’t think the pandemic is over, says the infectious disease specialist.
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"Impending doom" are the words the CDC director used this week, as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meant that cases are plateauing, and rising in some states, so now is not the time to be complacent. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked today on CBS This Morning what he thought of those words. Read on to hear his own warning—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

"Please Be Careful," Warns Dr. Fauci. "Don't Declare Victory Prematurely."

"Baseball's opening day, which happens to be today. Spring break is also going on at the moment. A lot of people are going to be gathering Sunday for Easter. You put that all together, Dr. Fauci—I'm curious, we heard the CDC director talk of impending doom as people loosen up and gather, do you share her concerns?" asked the CBS hosts.

"Well, you know, I don't know if I would use the word 'impending doom,'" said Dr. Fauci. "If you talk to Dr. Walensky, which we do every single day, the point she's making is a very valid point. We're seeing the cases that have plateaued over the last couple of weeks, and now they're starting to inch up. So the point that she was making was very valid. Please be careful. Don't declare victory prematurely. Let's continue to abide by the public health measures that we all talk about because we have so much in our favor—what we have is we have 3 million people that are getting vaccinated every single day. We have over 50 million people who have been completely and fully vaccinated, others that have at least one dose of vaccine. So every day that goes by, we get more and more protected. So what I say, and what Dr. Wallensky is saying is, just hold on for a bit longer, because every day is more and more in our favor and don't pull back prematurely. We are going to be able to pull back. We didn't want people to believe that we're going to be in this situation forever. We're not, but don't pull back prematurely."

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

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.