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Dr. Fauci Just Gave This Warning About the Deadly COVID Mutation

Here’s what you need to know about the new variants.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
Doctor Anthony Fauci

In December, it was revealed that mutations of COVID-19, much more transmissible than the original, were identified in the UK and South Africa. Over the last months, health experts have been researching these new variants, attempting to learn more about them, ranging from where they have spread to how they will react to the current vaccines. On Monday Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke at the Davos World Economic Forum, revealing just how worried we should be about them. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

The New Mutant Can "Make You More Sick," Warns Dr. Fauci

According to Dr. Fauci, the United States is taking the new variants "very seriously" for a number of reasons. The first is that the new variant dominant in the UK "has an increased capability of transmitting and recent data from the UK indicates that although at first it was felt to not really have an increase in virulence, which means it is more likely to make you seriously ill or kill you, we are finding that that's not the case, that it does have the inherent capability of making you more sick." 

On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the variant may be 30% more deadly than previous versions of the disease. "When the British investigators looked more closely at the death rate of a certain age group, they found that it was 1 per thousand, and it went up to 1.3 per thousand in a certain group, so that's a significant increase," Fauci confirmed to CBS' Margaret Brennan on Sunday. "We want to look at the data ourselves, but we have every reason to believe them," Fauci said, referring to British medical professionals. "We're going to look at this and follow this very, very carefully because these things evolve. We need to assume now that what has been circulating dominantly in the U.K. does have a certain degree of increase in what we call virulence, namely the power of the virus to cause more damage, including death."

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Dr. Fauci Feels the Vaccines Will Work

During his Davos talk he revealed that a lot of attention is being paid to "the impact of the variance, which is now in more than 22 States in the United States, as well as in other places throughout the world, on the efficacy of both the vaccines that are now being distributed throughout the world, as well as monoclonal antibodies."

He maintains that "it does not appear to have any substantial effect at all on the efficacy of the vaccine. So we're pretty good there, but you've got to pay attention to it because it's evolving." 

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How to Survive This Pandemic

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.