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Dr. Fauci Warns You Don't Believe These COVID Myths

No, the vaccine didn’t come out of nowhere and no, COVID is not just the flu.
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Jason Isbell, solo artist and former member of the Drive-By Truckers, spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about how to stay safe out there, given the raging Delta variant of the coronavirus. Together, they discussed how to tell your friends and family to get vaccinated—and why COVID is most certainly not just "the flu." Read on for five key takeaways from their conversation—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You May Have Already Had COVID.

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Dr. Fauci Says to Engage Those Who are Hesitant Into a Conversation

The one thing you have to do is not denigrate, accuse or disrespect the people who don't want to get vaccinated, if you feel you want to convince them to change their minds,
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Isbell asked of his unvaccinated friends and family: "How do I give them confidence in the vaccine? "What we have found is that when people are reluctant to get vaccinated, one of the things you've gotta be careful that we don't do is to make them actually feel guilty and sort of point your finger at them and say, you know, 'You're crazy, you're stupid,' or whatever, that just doesn't work," said Dr. Fauci. "I don't think that you'd be doing that, but just in general, you don't do that. And what you try and do is to just get in the conversation of, have them articulate to you: What are the reasons why they're hesitant? Because some of them are very valid questions. And if you give them the answer to a valid question, you might turn them around." For example, you could bust one big myth, says Fauci—keep reading.

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Dr. Fauci Said the Vaccine Was Decades in the Making, and It's a Myth to Say It's Brand New

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"For example," said Dr. Fauci, "one of the most common questions people ask is, 'Boy, this vaccine was really made quickly, less than a year. And we hear that vaccines take years and years to develop. Did you guys cut corners or what's going on?' I think you should make it clear to them that even though it's been less than a year from the time the virus was discovered to the time the vaccine was available, work on that didn't start in January of 2020. The basic and clinical research that led to the ability to rapidly get that vaccine was two decades in the making two decades of basic and clinical research that led to our capability of rapidly getting a vaccine. That's the most common question people have. And then there are several others that have reasonable answers to them."

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Dr. Fauci Says COVID is Definitely Not "the Flu"

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"When the pandemic started, a lot of people were comparing COVID to the flu," Isbell said. "Can you explain why it's so different and, a follow-up to that is if we do reach herd immunity would COVID be something more similar to a seasonal flu in how we dealt with it?" "Well, first of all, it's not the flu because it spreads much more rapidly and easily," said Dr. Fauci. "And number two is potentially much more dangerous. We have lost this year, 630,000 people in the United States to COVID-19— a fraction of that of the deaths to influenza. That's the first thing. Secondly, we would like to do even better than just having seasonal low level COVID. We would like after we get vaccination for the entire world, which is really something that I feel we should play as a rich country, a major role in doing, we would like to get to the point that the level of infection is so low, that it doesn't return every season that it just, you know, goes on for a while, less and less than, than just disappears. That's the goal of a real vaccination program."

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Dr. Fauci Said You Should Do This Before a Concert

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Isbell said he preferred working in venues that required patrons to be vaccinated. Dr. Fauci said Isbell, as an entertainer, could make people even safer by having "outdoor concerts as opposed to indoor concerts. I think that's probably the most important thing, because it really is true that the risk of infection in an indoor not optimally ventilated place is dramatically higher than the likelihood of getting infected to an outdoor one. So I think the best thing you can do is as you say, have as part of the requirement, either vaccination or a proof of a negative test, that's good that you do that. Some people might want to wear masks, say you have to wear a mask when you're indoors, but a lot of time when you're in a congregate setting, like in a concert, some people might feel more comfortable wearing a mask. You might want to tell your audience. They know they, respect you when you're there, because they admire you, to say, you know, for those of you who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, no problem. Go ahead and wear it. Don't let them feel guilty about putting a mask on that might have."

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How to Stay Safe Every Day

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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