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Dr. Fauci Issues Urgent Warning Over COVID Deaths

The virus is not a hoax, warns the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Deaths will increase.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
Doctor Anthony Fauci

As of Tuesday, 400,000 people in the United States and over 2,000,000 globally have lost their lives as a result of COVID-19. While the death toll of the virus is incredibly sad, it also represents something else far more important. During an interview with the Harvard Business Review, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, issued a warning in regards to the COVID-19 death toll, urging people to use it as proof of a fundamental fact. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

The Virus Is Real, Warns Dr. Fauci: "Look at Your Own Hospitals"

Dr. Fauci explains that the COVID death toll is proof that the virus is 100 percent real. However, due to "mixed messages that have come to Washington" there are people who still believe it is a hoax—despite the fact that hospitals are at capacity and people are dying. 

"I think when we go back and look at this in history, we'll be scratching our heads and saying, how did that happen?" he said. "You know, how was it that you add a region, a state or a city where the hospitals are being overrun, where you have 20 intensive care unit beds, and you have 50 people who need intensive care that in that same town, city, state, there was still people that think it's a hoax that think it's false news. How can you think that close to 400,000 deaths, which is historic in the proportion, like nothing we've ever seen in 102 years is a hoax? I mean, look at your own hospitals, look at the people who are dying and yet astoundingly, there are people that don't believe that's real. I mean, I'd never seen anything like that."

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COVID Is a Health Issue—Not a Political Issue—He Says

Fauci explains that due to the fact that the virus was somehow turned into a political issue, the fundamental ways of preventing the spread were rejected by a good portion of the population. 

"Public health officials have had a very difficult time because if everything we're dealing with was in the context of public health, I don't think you would be seeing this disparity and discrepancy among various sectors in this country about things that seem to be reasonably straightforward—wearing masks, keeping distance, avoiding congregate settings in crowds, particularly indoor," he pointed out. 

"We have gotten caught, and this is so unfortunate, in being in an extremely divisive society in our own country," he continued, using the Capitol riots as an example. "The issues of public health have been consumed in a divisive context so that there are people who feel that when we say to avoid congregate settings or wear a mask that somehow or other we're encroaching upon something that really has nothing to do with, with public health, it's like their freedom."

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How to Survive This Pandemic

So 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.