Dr. Fauci Issued This Big Warning Before the Senate
Appearing before a Senate hearing yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci had one clear message: The pandemic is not over. "There still are challenges ahead, particularly with regard to the variants that have now become very familiar to us," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on "Examining Our Covid-19 Response: An Update from Federal Officials." Read on for his full warning about how these variants can infect you—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Warned That We Cannot "Pull Back in Our Enthusiasm"
One new variant in particular—the B.1.1.7, also commonly known as the UK variant—is proving to be more transmissible and more deadly. "I'm concerned that if we pull back in our enthusiasm for the fact that vaccines are rolling out, and things look good, if we pull back prematurely, we may trigger another surge. And that would really set us back in all the things that we're trying to do," Dr. Fauci told Senators. Same goes for wearing masks. Fauci said: "We're not saying this is the way it's gonna have to be all the time. We're saying that if you looked at the data and look at the science, there is a chance that you could get in trouble if you pull back, too prematurely."
Dr. Fauci Said We Should Stop "Wedding Ourselves" to Herd Immunity
When one senator asked about when we'd reach herd immunity, Fauci said, "We should be careful about wedding ourselves to this concept of herd immunity….I have been saying lately calculation and is purely an estimate of 70 to 85%, of the population is that we would probably have to get more children and I believe as we get high school students, vaccinated, in the fall, we'll be able to reach that."
The CDC Chief Agreed With Dr. Fauci, Calling the Current Death Rate "Tragic"
CDC Director Dr. Rochell Walensky agreed with Fauci's take. "While we have recently seen reductions in cases and deaths we must remain cautious. The average daily death rate is still tragically still more than twice the rate seen last September. We are in a race to stop transmission and the emergence of variants that spread more easily has made this even more challenging."
Dr. Fauci Warned That Europe is in Trouble And We Could Be, Too
"Europe is generally about three to four weeks ahead of us in the dynamics of their outbreak. And what they saw a little while ago was a plateauing of their decrement. They were coming down nicely, and then they plateaued. And then, just as you might have predicted, they then, one, started to go up," he said.
How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic
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.