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These Two Things Can Prevent COVID Now, Says Dr. Fauci

Get vaccinated and observe public health measures, says Dr. Fauci.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

Will the coronavirus pandemic ever end? It's a fair question. We've faced the virus for 14 months and many people are experiencing "COVID fatigue." Will more lives than necessary be lost as a result? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on CNN this weekend, telling host Jim Acosta what two things you can do to stay safe. Read each of the next 5 slides for his latest guidance—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.


Dr. Fauci Said Doing These Two Things Can Help End the Pandemic

Two friends with protective masks greet with waving to each other.Alternative greeting during quarantine to avoid physical contact

Acosta said one model predicted an "additional 61,000 people will die between March 29th and July 1st" and asked what Fauci would do to prevent more deaths. "The two things that you do: A, you keep pushing down and doubling down on public health measures and B you do whatever you can to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible. The second, we're doing in record time,"—one day had 4 million Americans vaccinated, and—"4 million people vaccinated is really a lot of people. If you multiply that by 30 days in a month, you've got 120 million vaccinations that you've done. That is what you need to get your arms around this outbreak and to prevent additional deaths, additional hospitalizations, additional infections. The other one is doubling down on the public health measures. And you hear the President explicitly getting out there and saying, let's not declare victory prematurely."


Dr. Fauci Said, No, This Pandemic is Not Going to Last Forever

As for those public health measures, "it's up to people to realize, and you know, we say it over and over again, and we need the local people, we need the governors and the mayors and others to be able to say, we're not out of it yet. People say, 'Well, you just want to confine us forever.' No, this is not going to last forever. Because every day that you get 4 million, 3 million people vaccinated, you get closer and closer to control. So double down, just hang in there a bit longer. And the vaccine and the vaccinations of people in this country are going to override the surge of the virus."


Dr. Fauci Has Seen the Images of People Hanging Out in Crowds—And Hopes They Listen to Him

People dancing on the beach.

Acosta said he noticed people in D.C. admiring the cherry blossoms as if there were no pandemic, and also showed Fauci footage of a packed Times Square. "It's not easy, Jim, because this COVID-19 fatigue is a real phenomenon and people are feeling it," said Dr. Fauci. "We're now 14 plus months into this. And it's totally understandable that people have had enough of it. So what we're saying, and we hope that to some extent, or maybe to a large extent, they listen that we are going to get to where they want to be, where I want to be, where you want to be, where we have enough people protected with the vaccines that we can go out and watch the cherry blossoms. And we can go out and enjoy. As we get warmer weather it's going to happen."


Dr. Fauci Said "Get Vaccinated" Because it's "The Solution"

Woman in medical face mask getting Covid-19 vaccine at the hospital

"I'm not sure there's much more we can do, but to try and get people to appreciate. But the thing we can do is what we're doing with the vaccines. We're really, really pushing on that. And you know, there was an announcement a couple of days ago about the COVID-19 community core, where we're essentially engaging trusted messages from the community, be the people who are trusted, church leaders, clergy, athletes, entertainers, people in the community to get people to get out there. And when a vaccine becomes available to you to get vaccinated, I agree with you completely, Jim, it's a tough sell to get people who have COVID-19 fatigue to just continue to abide by the public health measures. It's not going to be easy. I hope we have a degree of success, but in the meanwhile, you and I are talking about this, but every day three to 4 million people are getting vaccinated. That is going to be the solution. Jim, that's the solution."

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How to Stay Safe as the Pandemic Ends

Woman wearing two protective face masks at the same time.

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, 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, 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