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Dr. Fauci Just Issued a Big New Warning For Us All

The infectious disease expert warns against “false complacency.”

On a day when the United States surpassed three million cases of coronavirus, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, had a strong word of caution for all Americans. It came during a week when he and President Donald Trump disagreed about the severity of the pandemic in our country.

The two are arguing about the impact of COVID-19 and what the numbers mean. President Trump has said that the increased cases do not reflect a bad situation. Yesterday, he said: "I think we are in a good place." "In a certain way, our tremendous testing success gives the Fake News Media all they want, CASES," he tweeted over the weekend. "In the meantime, deaths and the all important mortality rate goes down."

Dr. Fauci pointedly disagreed. "It's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death," Dr. Fauci said during a live stream press conference with Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, a Democrat. "There's so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus," he said, adding this warning: "By allowing yourself to get infected because of risky behavior, you are part of the propagation of the outbreak. Don't get yourself into false complacency."

Dr. Fauci Sounding the Alarm

Dr. Fauci has been speaking out frequently this past week, sounding the alarm about cases and encouraging American citizens to take precautions. The United States has had 3.05M cases and 133,000 deaths. On Monday, on Facebook Live, Dr. Fauci said: "We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this. And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline." He pointed to the hasty reopening of states—like Arizona, Texas and Florida—as one cause for the spike. "A series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases," Dr. Fauci said in the chat with National Institute of Health.

Arizona and Florida are Epicenters

Arizona is in particular trouble. "One in four COVID-19 tests in Arizona is coming back positive, the highest percentage in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University, and an indicator that there isn't enough testing to keep up with the new coronavirus' spread in the state," reports AZ Central. "Arizona's COVID-19 metrics have been moving in the wrong direction for more than a month. The percentage of tests that are positive is one telling data point for how widespread the virus is and whether testing is doing enough. A high percentage of positive tests means that testing is limited and may only be reaching those who are the most sick, and that the virus is widespread and impacting wide swaths of people. Ideally, people who are asymptomatic and those who have been in contact with known cases should get tested."

Meanwhile, Florida reported a 16.27% positive rate in tests yesterday. 56 ICUs have reported full capacity.

As for staying healthy yourself:  "Avoid crowds," Dr. Fauci says. "If you're going to have a social function, maybe a single couple or two—do it outside if you're going to do it." And wear your face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently, monitor your health, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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