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Dr. Fauci Says This is His "Worst Nightmare"

It “would be the appearance of a new virus that jumped species from an animal host to a human….”
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Will COVID-19 ever go away? That's the question Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked in an interview with Israel's Channel 13. That country is seeing near-herd-immunity levels of virus diminution, and Fauci also discussed what lessons we might learn from its success. Read on for his answer, along with 4 points that may save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It.

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Dr. Fauci Says This is His "Worst Nightmare"

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Dr. Fauci was asked if he ever thought he'd see a pandemic like the one of 1918. "I had hoped that I would never see that, but deep down in the back of my mind, I was always very concerned," he answered. "People would often ask me over the years, what keeps you up at night? What is your worst nightmare? And I would say very consistently: [that] would be the appearance of a new virus that jumped species from an animal host to a human that had two major characteristics. One, it spread extraordinarily easily from person to person as a respiratory borne infection. And two, it had the capability of resulting in considerable degree of morbidity and mortality. And unfortunately for all of us in the world, my worst nightmare has actually come true."

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Dr. Fauci Said USA Cases May Start to Seriously Diminish, Just Like In Israel

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Dr. Fauci says he'd use "Israel as the prototype example of what actually goes right." He clarified: "I don't think Israel did everything perfectly. No one does things perfectly, but you had a couple of things in your favor. One, you're a small country with a small population that is used to pulling together. I think the history of Israel because of the political circumstances that surround you in the region, you know what it means to stick together as a single unit. Otherwise you would not have survived as well as you survive. When I give lectures and briefings about the response to COVID-19. I have a very now well-known slide because I show it so often of the curve of the vaccines going up in Israel, as the cases go down and now they're separated by a lot. That's where we want to be in the United States. And I keep telling them when I brief the leaders of our own country, I say, I believe we are almost at that point where Israel was some time ago when the lines crossed and the cases dramatically diminished."

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Dr. Fauci Said Israel is Close to Herd Immunity—and That COVID-19 Will Never Fully Be Eradicated

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There's only one virus "that we've ever eradicated. And that's smallpox," said Dr. Fauci. "There are several that we have eliminated in certain countries like polio in the United States and Israel, but there are others where you just control it. You get it down to such a low level that it is not an epidemic threat, but you haven't gotten rid of it completely. I believe that's what's going to happen with COVID-19, because it is too easily transmissible and it is spread so broadly throughout the world. I think countries will ultimately control it. There will be herd immunity in different countries. I'm almost certain that Israel is going to wind up getting them because you're close to that right now. But I think we very likely will have to continue to vaccinate over a period of several years."

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Dr. Fauci Said It's "Essential" For Children to Get Vaccinated

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"I would strongly recommend that children get vaccinated for a couple of reasons," said Dr. Fauci, "even though most of the time children do not get serious disease. There is a certain proportion of children who actually do get sick and young people. Also children could be an important vehicle for spread throughout the community. So I believe it would be essential to vaccinate children, just the way we vaccinate children against all the childhood diseases that you and I get vaccinated for every year." So 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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more