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Dr. Fauci Warns "We're Not Out of the Woods Yet"

“This virus is a very formidable enemy,” warned Dr. Fauci. “And it still is.”
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, marked a gruesome anniversary today: It's been a year since the WHO declared a pandemic. "If you had turned the clock back a year, and when we had the decision of shutting down travel from Europe, which was a year ago, tomorrow on the 11th of March, I never would have imagined—even though I've been through multiple outbreaks of different diseases—the thought that you would have 525,000 people in America to have died and about 28 million infections in this country," he said on CNN this morning. He marked the occasion with a warning. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Warned the Virus is Still a "Formidable Enemy" and Says Be Careful

"This virus is a very formidable enemy," warned Dr. Fauci. "If you want to be metaphorical about it, it's just extraordinary. And it still is. Things are going much better in the right direction, particularly because of the scientific advances that allowed us to have now multiple, highly efficacious vaccines, but we're not out of the woods yet," he said, "even though we really want to be, and we're going in that direction. But if you look now even every day, although the infections are coming down, it's kind of plateauing a bit, which is giving a little anxiety there. We hope that it continues to come down, but the deflection of the curve that was sharply going down is now starting to plateau a bit—so we have to keep an eye out on it. That doesn't mean, you know, get very discouraged about it—keep going in the right direction, keep making step-by-step towards some form of normality, but it's gotta be slow and prudent."

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Dr. Fauci Says Here's When We'll Know If We're Out of the Woods

"How, and when, will you know if we've passed the threat of a new surge?" Fauci was asked.

"You never know for sure," answered Fauci, "but you can get a good idea when you see the infections continuing to go down day by day, day after day, more and more going down simultaneously with the other side of the coin as more and more people get vaccinated. So we're averaging now 2 million or more people getting vaccinated each day," he said. "So every day that goes by without a surge at the same time, that more and more people get vaccinated, then we're getting closer to being safe from another surge. You never can put your guard down completely, which is the reason why, although everyone wants to get back to normal—now it's totally understandable, including myself and my family—but the fact is when you look at this virus and what it's done, you've got to be very careful and pull back in a very measured way and not just turn the switch on and off. But we will know," he said, "I think probably as we get into the pring and very early summer, we'll have enough vaccine to vaccinate everybody by the end of May, then we've got the logistic challenge of getting into the arms of individuals. Once you get a substantial proportion of the population vaccinated, that is a very, very strong defense against there being another surge."

So get vaccinated as soon as you can, 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