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Dr. Fauci Warns of a 'Darker Period' Ahead

COVID is his biggest nightmare, but there is some ‘hope’ if we follow the fundamentals.

During a Tuesday Student Forum with Holy Cross, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, revealed that his biggest nightmare in life had come true with the COVID-19 pandemic. In just 10 months we have amassed a death toll of over 1 million globally and 210,000 in the United States alone. Fauci explained that what keeps him up at night when it comes to coronavirus mostly has to do with the ability of the virus to easily spread from person-to-person and the reality that a great part of the population—including older people and those with preexisting conditions—are more susceptible than others. However, he doesn't want to spread a message of impending doom. According to Fauci, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Read on, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

'This is Going to End'

"This is historic," he explained in his closing statement to students. "The thing that we gotta make sure we appreciate is that this is going to end. One of the things we have to be careful about is despair." 

"You know, we went through a terrible late winter, early spring. There was hope that when the summer came, it would get better. In fact, it got worse and now we're entering into another darker period," he continued. 

He explained to the students that he knows what it feels like getting up in the morning and being met with cold and darkness. "So you are superimposed upon that, the situation that we're living in a really, really difficult situation, don't give up hope," he urged. 

"It's going to end. We're going to get a vaccine. We're going to get it within a reasonable period of time. And when we do that together with good public health measures, we're going to be fine."

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Guard Yourself Against Fatigue

Over the course of the discussion, he discussed those public health measures—mask wearing, social distancing, avoiding crowded places like bars, staying outdoors instead of in, and practicing hand hygiene.

But his final remarks urged the importance of not giving into coronavirus fatigue. 

"We've got to guard against throwing our hands up and saying, 'My goodness, there's no end to this. So it doesn't make any difference what we do,'" he said. "And then you get into really better, bigger trouble than we're already in right now." As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, stay outdoors more than indoors when with people you're not sheltering with, wear your face mask, social distance, and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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