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Dr. Fauci Just Said When More Restrictions Will Drop

Young people should get vaccinated, contrary to advice from the podcast host, says Dr. Fauci.
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With COVID vaccine hesitancy a concern among virus experts, any discouraging word is cause for alarm. Enter Joe Rogan. The podcast host said recently on his show that young people don't "need to worry" about COVID if they are exercising and eating right. He added that he was sorry if some people's kids got sick, but that his kids were fine after they got COVID. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on the Today Show with Savannah Guthrie to discuss the CDC's recent changes to their mask guidance, and weigh in on Rogan's comments. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You May Have Had COVID and Not Known It.


Dr. Fauci Said Cases are Still High but the Mask Changes are "Good News"

Woman removing face mask from her face outdoors.

Dr. Fauci said the CDC's new guidance—which says masks aren't required outdoors if you want to walk with members of your household, to name one example—was good news. "It means that we're going in the right direction," he told Guthrie. "I mean, there have been so many cases. We have over 570,000 deaths in the United States. So this is still an issue—we're still getting tens of thousands of new cases per day. But the thing that's become clear, just from the scientific evidence, that the risk of getting infected, if you are vaccinated and outdoors, is extremely low—I mean, minuscule, very low. And that's the reason why the CDC has now come out and made these kinds of recommendations, making it much more flexible for people who are vaccinated to get out and enjoy the outdoors….You can do virtually everything except congregate in a massive way. For example, at a concert, where there are tens of thousands of people, but anything short of that, if you're vaccinated, you really can be out there just enjoying the environment, which is really a big plus in baiting people to get vaccinated." Keep reading to see what Fauci says about when more restrictions will be lifted.


Dr. Fauci Said More Restrictions Will Drop Once Cases Go Down

Coffee shop woman owner with face mask, open after lockdown quarantine.

"According to the CDC, less than 10% of cases of COVID-19 have been occurring outdoors," said Guthrie. "Couldn't these recommendations have gotten farther, even?" Fauci answered: "They'll always be that argument that the CDC—being a science-based organization—always wants to wait until the evidence they get is clear. Even though that it's still low, there's always that argument that the CDC tends to be a bit conservative, but they do that because they want to make sure they get it completely right and err always on the side of safety. But what I'll guarantee you're going to see, is more and more people get vaccinated, which will absolutely result in less and less people getting infected. And the numbers per day, the weekly average of a daily number of cases is going to go down. And when it does, you are definitely going to see the CDC come back and be more flexible. Right now, they're going slowly…But as the case numbers come down, they're going to be pulling back on some of the restrictions guaranteed."


Dr. Fauci Said Joe Rogan Was "Incorrect"

Joe Rogan

Podcast host Joe Rogan said on his podcast about young people: "Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person? Like, look, don't do anything stupid, but you should take care of yourself. You should — if you're a healthy person, and you're exercising all the time, and you're young, and you're eating well, like, I don't think you need to worry about this."

 "That's incorrect," said Fauci. "And the reason why is that's—you're talking about yourself in a vacuum…You can get infected and will get infected if you put yourself at risk. And even if you don't have any symptoms, you are propagating the outbreak because it is likely that you, even, if you have no symptoms, that you may inadvertently and innocently then infect someone else who might infect someone who really could have a problem with a severe outcome. So if you want to only worry about yourself and not society, then that's okay."

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How to Get Through This Pandemic Safely

woman adjusting a trendy textile face mask behind her ear.

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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek