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Dr. Fauci Just Issued a New Warning About Who's Spreading COVID-19

“It’s disconcerting when you see people are not listening," he says.

As coronavirus deaths spike in too many states, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, has been speaking out about how to get the virus under control. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke with Jennifer Senior of the New York Times about what he thinks could get us back to normal, and what he says about who is fueling the disease, and how we can stop it, is something you'll want to click through to hear.


His Warning About the Younger Generation Spreading Coronavirus

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"What I've been trying to do is appeal to the younger generation. If you look at the age average of the new cases that are going on in the South, it's about 10 to 15 years younger than what we previously saw. So it's clear what's going on. Young people are saying to themselves: 'Wait a minute. I'm young, I'm healthy. The chances of my getting seriously ill are very low. And in fact, it is about a 20 to 40 percent likelihood that I won't have any symptoms at all. So why should I bother?' What they're missing is something fundamental: By getting infected themselves—even if they never get a symptom—they are part of the propagation of a pandemic. They are fueling the pandemic. We have to keep hammering that home, because, as much as they do that, they're completely relinquishing their societal responsibility."


On People Not Changing Their Behavior


"It's disconcerting when you see people are not listening. I could show you some of the emails and texts I get—everybody seems to have my cellphone number—that are pretty hostile about what I'm doing, as if I'm encroaching upon their individual liberties."


On How COVID-19 Has Surprised Him

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"You know, it's extremely unique, and I think that is one of the reasons why there is such confusion and misunderstanding about the seriousness of it. Of all the viruses and outbreaks that I have been involved with over the last four decades, I have never seen a virus in which the spectrum of seriousness is so extreme. This disease goes from nothing to death! So that has really surprised me….There are extreme differences in certain diseases, but none that have exploded into pandemic proportions."


On The Lack of a Coordinated Federal Response

"It would be better if things were a little more uniform. It just seems that unfortunately, in some sectors, there's this feeling that there's opening the country on one end of the spectrum, and public health measures that suppress things and lock them down on the other. They should not be opposing forces. The guidelines that we put out a couple of months ago,  those should be followed and appreciated as the vehicle to open the country, as opposed to the obstacle to opening the country."


On The Fundamentals

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"The fundamentals. Wear a mask. Avoid crowds. Close the bars. Bars are the hot spots."


How You Can Stay Healthy


As for yourself: To stay healthy no matter what, get tested if you think you have COVID-19, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), wear a face mask, practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.

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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