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Dr. Fauci Blames The Coronavirus Surge on These People Specifically

Think you’re “invulnerable”? Think again.

The recent surge in COVID-19 infections has health experts across the country seriously concerned—including Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID and one of the leading forces on the Coronavirus Task Force. While testifying in front of the Senate on Tuesday about the Coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Fauci discussed the disturbing spike in cases, and had no qualms about placing blame. 

According to Fauci, it wasn't the "high-risk" portion of the population responsible for spreading the virus during the reopening stage—it was those who felt immune to it for whatever reason

"We Are Going to Continue to Be in Trouble"

"If you look at what's going on and some of the film clips of people congregating without masks and jumping over the guidelines, we are going to continue to be in a lot of trouble," he explained. 

"What we saw were a lot of people who maybe felt that because they think they are invulnerable, and we know many young people are not because they're getting serious disease, that therefore they're getting infected has nothing at all to do with anyone else, when in fact it does," Dr. Fauci explained.

"We need to emphasize the responsibility that we have both as individuals and as part of a societal effort to end the epidemic, that we all have to play a part in that." Part of this responsibility is unintentional spread. For example, one of these individuals "they could pass it to someone else who passes it to someone else, which then makes someone's grandmother, grandfather, sick uncle or leukemic child on chemotherapy, get sick and die…"

Fauci is "Quite Concerned"

He added that he is "quite concerned" about what is going on in "several of the states" where coronavirus cases have reached an all-time high. "They need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out," he instructs. "We've got to get that message out that we are all in this together. And if we are going to contain this, we've got to contain it together."

His main advice for stopping the spread remains the same and parallels the guidance set forth by the CDC. "We recommend masks…you should avoid crowds…And when you're outside and do not have the capability for maintaining distance, you should wear a mask at all times."

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, specified that younger people might be mostly to blame. "It is critical that we all take the personal responsibility to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and embrace the universal use of face coverings," he said. "Specifically, I'm addressing the younger members of our society—the millennials and Generation Zs. I ask those that are listening to spread the word." So wear your face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently monitor your health, don't leave home unless it's essential and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Leah Groth
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