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Dr. Fauci Says "Don't" Do This Right Now 

“We want to make sure we don't look the other way and let it get by us.”
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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, appeared on MSNBC, to answer viewer questions. Topic #1—is this pandemic under control? And if not, what might cause more illness and death? Read on for five essential pieces of life-saving advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It.


Dr. Fauci Says We're Looking Like We Can Control COVID But "Don't" Do This Right Now

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Dr. Fauci was asked if he felt like we got this. "I do feel that way, for the most part," Fauci answered. "I still want to make sure that we don't declare victory prematurely, because as you just said, we really need to get more people vaccinated. We want to hit that 70% of adults getting a single dose by July 4th and even go beyond that. So we're on the right track to where we want to be. So in that regard, I do have that feeling that we got it, but we want to make sure we don't look the other way and let it get by us. We've got to stick with it with the public health measures and we got to get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can."


Dr. Fauci Said Variants Could Still Pose Danger

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Dr. Fauci was asked if one of our weak spots was the threat of variants. "Absolutely," said Dr. Fauci. "That's the reason why we want to get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can…the variants that have become dominant in the country happen to be quite susceptible to the vaccines that we're using. But that doesn't mean that some time in the future, we may get a variant come in from another country or some other place and wind up putting people at risk, even though they are vaccinated. Another really good reason to get as many people vaccinated as you possibly can."


Dr. Fauci Said Soon, Indoor Mask Restrictions May Be Relaxed

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"The CDC is going to be coming out in a rolling fashion with recommendations as we get more people vaccinated," said Dr. Fauci about indoor mask wearing for vaccinated people. "And as we do that, without a doubt, you're going to start seeing the cases coming down even more. So, you know, just a couple of weeks ago, we were averaging 60,000 cases a day. We're now down about 41, 42,000 cases a day. It's still too high to feel great about it, but it's going in the right direction. And as it continues to go down, the CDC is going to be relaxing the guidelines, both in indoor, the workplace, things like that. So we have that to look forward to. So if we want to get back to normal, what we need to do as a community is to get vaccinated."

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Dr. Fauci Said a Vaccinated Person Can Do Everything Outdoors Except Hang in Large Crowds

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Dr. Fauci was asked if a vaccinated person should take more precautions if they lived with an unvaccinated sibling. "Well, you shouldn't refrain from having one member of a family, do something because another member is not vaccinated," said Dr. Fauci. "The fully vaccinated person can do things according to the CDC guidelines, which means they can do almost anything outdoors except go to a very highly concentrated number of people like in a large stadium for now—everything else from an outdoor standpoint. Indoors, it really depends on the level of infection in the community. As the level of infection in the community gets lower and lower, the risk to a person gets extremely low. Being vaccinated itself is going to markedly diminish any risk, whether that risk is outdoor or indoor. And again, that's the thing we want people to understand. The risk becomes dramatically diminished. As far as the unvaccinated child goes again, follow the CDC guidelines of what you do, if you're unvaccinated."


Dr. Fauci Said This About a Second Booster

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"I think more likely than not that we may need a boost," said Dr. Fauci, "because the durability of protection is unclear right now. And it is entirely conceivable that after a certain period of time, that could be a year, a year and a half where the durability of the level of protection starts to go down. If that's the case, it makes perfect sense to consider a boost." Get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, 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