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Dr. Fauci Says You Can Do Something "Normal" By This Date

It will depend on two factors.
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Now that Americans are getting vaccinated to the tune of four million people per day, the question on everyone's mind is: When is life going to go back to pre-pandemic normal? During an interview on Politico's Dispatch podcast on Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed the answer to the burning question. Read on to find out when you will be able to do something "extremely normal" according to Dr. Fauci—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

When Can You Do Something "Extremely Normal"? Dr. Fauci Says Maybe Late Fall.

When asked by Politico, if he had to put a date right now on when people can safely do "something extremely normal, like go to a movie theater with no mask, with a bunch of people around" he revealed when it would be.

"I think if we get everything done the way we're talking about over the last several minutes, I think it's going to be late fall / early winter, that we'll be able to do that," he said. 

However, as he mentioned, this won't happen unless Americans band together—especially now that cases are rising across the country. "There are two things that are going on that I believe, and I have some confidence that if we do it correctly and appropriately and efficiently, that we can prevent the appearance of a true surge," he stated.

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Everyone Needs to Continue Getting Vaccinated

The first? Everyone needs to continue getting vaccinated. "We have now about 50 million Americans who are fully vaccinated, about a hundred million people in this country who have at least one vaccine. And we're putting in between three and 4 million vaccinations per day. So every day that goes by, we get the country better and better protected. So one is to continue to actually put your foot on the accelerator when it comes to vaccinations," he revealed.

And the second, which is equally important right now, is to continue following the fundamental health measures as outlined by the CDC. "As much as you understand the need for people, because of varying degrees of COVID-19 fatigue, to pull back on some of the public health measures—the wearing of masks, the physical separation, the avoiding congregate settings—you can understand why people would want to just say, 'I have had enough of that,' but we can't do that now," Fauci stated. "We can't declare victory prematurely."

He also revealed when we can start to pull back on them. "We must wait until we get the level of infection remarkably lower than it is right now, before we start thinking, in terms of pulling back on some of the public health measures," he revealed. 

"So those two things together, stick with what we're doing a bit longer, not indefinitely. Whenever I say that people say, well, you just want us to be this way forever. No. We're going to get through this and what's going to help us, if not get us there actually is going to be vaccines, but we've got to give ourselves time to get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can," he continued. "And as I mentioned, we're going at a clip of three to 4 million per day. So every day that goes by, we get closer and closer to that goal."

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.