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Dr. Fauci Just Issued This "Worrisome" COVID Warning

“The thing we don't want is to have” cases “plateau at 70,000 per day,” says Dr. Fauci.
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Director Of Nat'l Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Discusses Global Health Threats

Coronavirus cases were dropping, but then, last week, they weren't—a sign that this pandemic is still not over, despite the good news about a third vaccine and predictions of herd immunity by spring. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan yesterday to issue a warning, about the new COVID-19 variants (which are more transmissible and possibly more fatal) and about how you can stay safe. 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 Warns Stopping Public Health Measures Now is "Dangerous"

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned on Friday during a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing that the pandemic was not over—that everyone needed to stay on guard, and that cases have stopped dropping. "The CDC director said this week that there is a very concerning shift in the trajectory of the virus," said host Brennan. "It seemed we've been doing better. Is it because of these California and New York variants that you're now more worried?"

"You know, not sure," said Fauci. "It certainly could be that because we do have some worrisome variants in California and in New York. If you look at the decline of that slope, it was really sharp and very encouraging if you look at the rate as it goes down. But over the last several days, it's kind of stopped at around 70,000 and lingered there for a day or two."

"That is concerning," he said, "because the thing we don't want is to have it plateau at 70,000 per day. That's exactly the thing that happened during previous surges. As it peaked and started to come down, people withdrew some of the intensity of the public health measures and it kind of stabilized at a very high level. That's very dangerous, particularly given the fact that we have these variants around, which is the reason why there are two things you can do to essentially counter that."

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic, According to Dr. Fauci

So how can you avoid these variants? "One, continue to implement the public health measures that we talk about all the time, mask, distancing, avoiding congregate settings, but importantly, get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as you possibly can," he said. "That's why adding yet again another really good vaccine into the mix is really very important." Dr. Fauci reiterated that any vaccine—be it Pfizer, Moderna and J & J—is effective. 

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.