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Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Chilling Warning

Delta is more transmissible than any variant before it.
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COVID-19 will come for you, warn virus experts, who have called the Delta variant "more transmissible" and "more aggressive" than any variant before it, perhaps the most infectious respiratory diseases of our lifetime. Concerned over the rising cases, deaths and hospitalizations—among children, too—Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with Christiane Amanpour on CNN. Read on for 7 life-saving points that could save the life of you or someone's child—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Dr. Fauci Said This is Why More Kids are in the ICUs, and Why You May Be in Danger, Too

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"There are spikes among children for a couple of reasons," said Dr. Fauci. "First of all, we're dealing now with an entirely different virus in the sense of its ability to transmit highly efficiently. If you look at the Alpha variant, the one that was originally in the UK and then became dominant in the United States: That's been completely pushed aside by the Delta variant, which has an extraordinarily high capability of transmitting from person to person. The level of virus in the nasopharynx of people who have the Delta variant is much, much higher than that in the nasopharynx of people who were originally infected with the Alpha variant. So what you're seeing is for everyone involved, there's a greater chance if you're unvaccinated to get infected. That's point number one."


Dr. Fauci Says This is Point Number Two

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"Point number two, in the United States, we have for the most part done very well in getting the elderly vaccinated. We have more than 85% of individuals older than 65 who've had at least one dose and that is really quite good. So when you look at a highly efficient virus and transmission, and you look at the relative proportion of vulnerable people, relatively speaking, the young are now more vulnerable because they are in the cohort who's under-vaccinated, either children like 12 to 15, 12 to 18, who are eligible, who are not yet gotten vaccinated when they should, or the children who are too young to get vaccinated. So when you look anywhere in a hospital, you are seeing a relative proportion of people who are sick, leaning much more towards a younger group. And that's not surprising the combination of a highly efficient back virus in transmitting together with a relatively unprotected group when you compare them to the older individuals."


Dr. Fauci Says This is How to Keep Kids Safe

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Dr. Fauci says the best way to "protect children is to surround them to the extent possible with people who are eligible to be vaccinated, who are vaccinated, that would be teachers, personnel in the school and children from 12 and older, who are now eligible to be vaccinated to get them vaccinated. Now, obviously younger children have not yet been approved to get vaccinated. Those we need to protect, and that's the reason for the CDC coming up with the recommendation of having everybody wear a mask in school—even those who have vaccinated—because we know so well, the detrimental effects of having children not be physically present in school. So we've got to do both. We've got to get them back to school, but we've got to do it safely."


Dr. Fauci Says the Vaccines are "Effective and Safe" and That It's "Inexplicable" to Not Take One

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"It just is extraordinary. When you have vaccines that have been proven through hundreds of millions of doses to be highly effective and safe, even against this very troublesome Delta variant. And yet we still have recalcitrance in some areas of the country of people who just don't want to get vaccinated. It's almost explicable if that's the case."

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Dr. Fauci Said Come On Everybody, The Common Enemy is the Virus

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"That to me is so disconcerting," said Fauci about bans on mask mandates, like those in Florida. "When you have authorities for reasons that, I mean, I can't explain, is it political? Is it libertarian? What is it? I mean, how could you prevent the local authorities from doing what it takes to protect the children? Well, what reason is more important than protecting the health of the children? And that's the thing that as you probably know…is the reason for such friction and for such conflict here: we've got to protect the children. We have a vaccine that you will know is highly effective and it's safe. We have the tools within our own armamentarium to fight this virus very effectively. I just cannot imagine why people are not looking at this as let's say, we're all in this together. The common enemy is the virus. Let's not the common enemy be arguing with each other and have ideological differences dictate whether or not you're going to get vaccinated or not."

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Dr. Fauci Warned Another Variant May Circulate

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"I think the reason you're seeing a lot more tension now is because the vaccinated people who have done the right thing, realize that as long as you have, and when this country 93 million people who are eligible for being vaccinated, who are not yet getting vaccinated, that allows the virus to circulate regularly and easily," said Fauci. "And therefore you have the possibility of the emergence of another variant that might actually evade the vaccine that the people who've been vaccinated with. So you don't, you're not only negatively impacting potentially your own health by not getting vaccinated. You're becoming part of a potential problem that would lead to the development or the evolution of another variant. That's the problem."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

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Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, 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 about Alek