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Dr. Fauci Says This is "The One Thing You Don't Want to Do"

“We need to continue to get those individuals—now, 70 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated—vaccinated.”
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With 700,000 American COVID deaths, and two new studies proving variants like Delta are better at transmitting through the air, one thing is clear: this pandemic won't end until the virus has nowhere to spread. That's why Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on Face the Nation to encourage everyone to "focus like a laser" on getting cases down. How? Read on for five life-saving 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 Says This is "The One Thing You Don't Want to Do"

Doctor in personal protective suit or PPE inject vaccine shot to stimulating immunity of woman patient at risk of coronavirus infection.

Despite the surges starting to wane in some states, "one of the things we want to make sure is that we have had over the last few weeks, that turning around of the acceleration of this starting to come down in cases and hospitalizations and soon deaths—the one thing that we don't want to do is that we don't want to become complacent and say, okay, now we need to pull back," wanted Dr. Fauci. "We need to continue to get those individuals—now, 70 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated—vaccinated, because if you look at the history of the different surges we've had, it's come up, start to come down. And then all of a sudden, boom, come back up again. As it's coming down, we have, within our capability, we can make this happen. Namely go down to a very, very low level with vaccination and with mitigation. So that's the one thing I want to make sure that our view is realize that we've done well in the sense of getting 55% of the population fully vaccinated and 64% with at least one dose, but we've got to keep pushing on the vaccination front."


Dr. Fauci Said Here's How to Remain Safe

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"I believe just the way that the CDC has recommended that when you were in a situation where you have a dynamics of virus in the community where there's clearly a lot of spread, even if you are vaccinated and you are in an indoor setting, a congregate setting, it just makes sense to wear a mask and to avoid high-risk situations," said Dr. Fauci. "And what we should be doing is look at ventilation in, into a place. As we know now that this is clearly spread by aerosol. And when you have something spread by aerosol, you absolutely want more ventilation, which is the reason why outdoors is always much safer than indoors. And if you are indoors, ventilation is going to be key. And that's the reason why we really should be paying attention to."

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"It's just too soon to tell," said Dr. Fauci. "We've just got to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we're going to do at a particular time. It's focused like a laser on continuing to get those cases down. And we can do it by people getting vaccinated and also in the situation where boosters are appropriate to get people boosted, because we know that they can help greatly in diminishing infection and diminishing advanced disease. The kinds of data that are now accumulating in real time."

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Dr. Fauci Said Vaccine Mandates for Companies Work

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"If you look at universities now, we've had, if I'm not mistaken, close to a thousand or more universities saying that if you want to be on campus with time classes, you really have to get vaccinated or you can't come," said Dr. Fauci. "And they're all businesses that are doing that. I mean, airlines—look at airlines, the mandate of the airlines where you have now, 99% of certain airlines, employees are vaccinated. So when you do that, when you tell people that there are alternatives, that if you do not want to get vaccinated, you're not going to work or you're not going to be able to go to school. I think that the emergent nature of what we're dealing with actually does justify [mandates]."

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Dr. Fauci Said Vaccine Mandates for Kids Also Work

Teacher and children with face mask back at school after covid-19 quarantine and lockdown.

Regarding California mandating vaccines for kids, Dr. Fauci said "I'm not going to getting into the local issues only to talk about general principles that people need to realize that having a vaccine requirement for schools is not a new novel thing that is very peculiar or specific to COVID-19. We've been doing this for decades," said Dr. Fauci. "My own children could not have gone to school if they had not gotten vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella. So when we see pushback on that, it's as if this never happened before, it's actually ongoing with other vaccines. So let's do it with a virus that's very, very serious." The virus, he says, "has caused an unprecedented number of deaths and infections in this country." Go get vaccinated, 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