Skip to content

Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Essential Warning

The pandemic could “potentially” be at a turning point—key word being potentially.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

The coronavirus pandemic is potentially at a "turning point," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Cases are finally going down. But could they come back up, with the Delta variant stalking the unvaccinated? Fauci appeared on MSNBC yesterday to issue a warning. Read on for six essential pieces of advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Dr. Fauci Said We May Be at a "Turning Point" But Warns the Pandemic is Not Over Yet

Two doctors wearing personal personal protective equipment

Could the pandemic "potentially" be going in the right direction, as cases have gone down, and Fauci said we were at a "turning point"? "Well, the word potentially is the critical word," said Dr. Fauci. "We have within our power to be able to do that. The good news is that it looks like there's the trend down in both cases and hospitalization. There's a lagging indicator of deaths. I would assume if things go the way we've seen with other surges that soon, you'll see the deaths go down. The only problem is that we're entering the cooler fall season and we're entering a situation where children will be coming back to school. There'll be more activity in the fall. We have got to do whatever we can to get those already 70 or so million people who are eligible to be vaccinated. We've got to get them to be vaccinated. We've got to convince them through new trusted messages, why it's important for their own health for that of their families, but also something that we continue to emphasize the societal responsibility to get that veil of protection over society. So each and every one who gets vaccinated not only protects themselves and their family, but they're part of the solution to society. So I think we can not only turn the corner. We can go way down, but it's going to be up to us. It's a very important situation where we have within our grasp the capability to do that. And we really do need to do that."

RELATED: If You Live Here, You're in Danger, Virus Experts Warn


Dr. Fauci Told Moderna Folks to Wait to Get the Booster


A Pfizer booster shot was approved by the FDA, recommended to those over 65, frontline workers or those with risks. The Moderna data is still being studied. Dr. Fauci advised those who got the Moderna shot to wait. "It is advisable to wait until you get the FDA approval to have the boost match the original vaccine," he said. "We don't anticipate that the people who have gone ahead and done it on their own, that since they got the full dose of Moderna, that there's any reason to believe there's any issue of safety with them. However, we do recommend for people who will have gotten originally the Moderna to wait. It will be relatively soon where the FDA will be able to make a determination about the safety and efficacy for inducing an appropriate response for these individuals. They should know that for the most part, they are still really quite protected. We're talking about boosters to go for the durability of the response so that it will last over a longer period of time. So wait until the FDA comes out with the determination and follow the ultimate recommendation of the CDC."

RELATED: I'm a Virus Expert and Here's Proof You Have a Delta Infection


Dr. Fauci Urged Pregnant Women to Get Vaccinated

Pregnant patient in face mask in a hospital at doctor visit during coronavirus outbreak

"There are so many good reasons why it is important for women who are pregnant, who are trying to, or thinking of getting pregnant to get vaccinated," said Dr. Fauci. "The impact of the COVID-19 disease on pregnancy can be profound in a negative way on the woman who's pregnant herself is at high risk for a CRV or outcome for COVID for her. The negative impact on the fetus is also very clear. Right now we have tens and tens of millions of women who were vaccinated when they were pregnant, who vaccinated before they got pregnant, it had no negative impact on the pregnancy. What we need to do is to make sure we protect women and protect their unborn child. The vaccine is safe in women who are want to get pregnant, who are all pregnant. The data have very, very clear. What we don't want to do is see women who for some reason, or other a hesitant to get vaccinated when they're pregnant or wanting to get pregnant and then have a negative impact on their pregnancy, you could protect yourself, your pregnancy and your fetus by getting vaccinated."

RELATED: Sure Signs You Have "Frightening" Long Covid


Dr. Fauci Said Here's When Kids 5-12 May Get Vaccinated

Child with face mask getting vaccinated

"You want to give the FDA the time to do what they do very well to examine the data for safety, for immunogenicity, for efficacy, and come out with a determination that we can feel very comfortable with," said Dr. Fauci. "We were hoping that would be by Halloween, but if it spills over into November, it spills over because that's the necessary amount of time that the FDA needs. They do things in a very expeditious way. They're working 24 7 around the clock to get the information out to the American public. So if it goes into November, that's because it's necessary to go into November."

RELATED: Signs COVID is in Your Brain


Dr. Fauci Said This About NBA Stars and Vaccines

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Some NBA players are refusing to get vaccinated. "The situation is obviously we would like to see essentially all the players for the general safety to get vaccinated, what I would say that players tend to listen to their own and their peers as trusted messages," said Dr. Fauci. "So I would suggest that the players who don't get vaccinated, listen to Magic Johnson and listen to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Those are the individuals that are the trusted messages. I was just listening to what Kareem was saying last night on TV. He has a very good message about the importance of getting vaccinated."

RELATED: This Increases Your Chances of "Breakthrough Infection"


How to Stay Safe Out There

Brunette woman wearing a KN95 FPP2 mask.

Follow the public health 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