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Dr. Fauci Just Issued "Very Serious" Warning 

Things are bad, and could get worse, says the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

For months, experts have been warning that the COVID-19 pandemic would go from bad to worse in the winter months if people refused to follow the guidance recommended by health experts and the CDC, which included mask wearing, limiting social gatherings, and avoiding holiday travel. On Tuesday, the US reported its highest daily number of Covid-19 deaths with more than 4,320 fatalities attributed to the virus. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke with PIX11's Dan Mannarino on Wednesday, warning that the predicament could soon worsen. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Warned: "It Could Conceivably Get Worse"

While the COVID-19 crisis has never been worse, with infections, hospitalizations and deaths in record-breaking mode across the nation, things have not necessarily hit bottom. "It could conceivably get worse," he admitted. "We hope not." 

He added that if individuals "adhere uniformly, not in a spotty way, but uniformly to the public health measures that we talk about—the uniform wearing of masks, avoiding congregate settings, indoor people congregating, keeping one's distance," there is hope things will improve. 

"I mean, obviously they sound very simple given the enormity of the problem, but we know that it does work, that when these, these public health measures have been implemented consistently, that you can get control of the surge," he continued. "It's very difficult to predict how much worse it's going to get. I hope that we've seen the full brunt of the increase." 

However, he did point out that surges are common following times that people are traveling and congregating together. "We see that after events, whether they be the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving," he said. "So right now, if you time it, we very likely are seeing the full brunt of the travel, as well as the social gatherings that generally take place with family and friends over the holidays. So I think we're probably right in the middle of that right now."

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How to Survive This Pandemic

As for yourself, follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, 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.

Leah Groth
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