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Dr. Fauci Says Do This and We Can Get "Back to Normal" Faster

There are two keys that can help open the doors of normality.
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Doctor Anthony Fauci

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is one thing that every American has in common: a desire to return to normalcy. We all want schools to fully reopen, travel to resume as usual, social gatherings to become the norm once again, and be able to attend movies, theater, and sporting events. While it isn't clear exactly when this is going to happen, during an online event Tuesday hosted by the US Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases revealed what needs to occur in order for the country to start walking down the path to normality. 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

Dr. Fauci Says Doing This Will Help Us Get "Back to Normal"

Dr. Fauci is well aware of the coronavirus fatigue currently settling into the population, exactly one year since the country initially locked down. "People do not want to tolerate any more of the restraints that we have now from a public health standpoint," he said.  

And, other than his recommended fundamentals, which include hand hygiene, social distancing, and mask wearing, we have one major vehicle that can help achieve this. "A vaccine gets them quickly to somewhat of a degree of normality," he continued. "That is the big carriage when it talks about vaccines. People want to get back to normal. They do not want to stay constrained from the public health measures."

He also pointed out that educating the public about the vaccine is the most efficient way to ensure that people actually get vaccinated, so herd immunity can be achieved. "I think both of those things, an explanation of the objections that they have, addressing them in a reasonable way, respecting their hesitancy and explaining why they should not be hesitant as well as showing them that vaccines are the pathway to normality," he said. "And everyone desperately wants to get back to normal."

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How to Get Back to Normal Quicker

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.