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Dr. Fauci Just Warned of "Major Surge"

America is in trouble, says Dr. Fauci, especially in these areas.
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We are in the midst of a "major surge" of COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned this morning. Appearing on Morning Joe, the doctor gave a full-throated warning to all Americans about the dangers of the Delta variant—and the possibility of new mutants arising, ones that might get around our vaccines. Read on for 7 key points that may save your life, and the lives of your children—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Dr. Fauci Said COVID is Worse in These States

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"It's certainly worse in the under-vaccinated states. The numbers, if you look at Louisiana, you look at Florida, you look at Texas, you look at states like that, mostly in the Southern area—if you look at the dynamics of the virus there, it really is surging extremely acutely within the inflection curve," said Dr. Fauci. "Now, if you look at the total country that we've had well over a hundred thousand cases a day, for the last several days, that is really a problem. We have 93 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated or not vaccinated. And this, as we said so many times, is an outbreak of the unvaccinated."


Dr. Fauci Said More Mutants May Come if We Don't Stop This One

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"One of the problems…is that if you allow the virus to essentially freely circulate among people, essentially among the unvaccinated, then you give it an ample opportunity to continue to mutate it," said Fauci. "There's no doubt, and we know this in viralocity, it's fundamental that a virus will not mutate unless you allow it to replicate and you give it free rein to replicate when you allow it to circulate. Now, when people don't get vaccinated, often they will say, well, you know, I'm taking my own chances. I'm a young, healthy person. If I get infected, likely I will not get a severe disease, which is true—not completely free of that, but it's true that it's unlikely, but what they don't fully appreciate is that even if they don't get any symptoms, they allow themselves to be a vehicle for the virus to continue to spread in the community. And when you do that, you have an impact not only on yourself, because you could get seriously ill, but you have an impact on everybody else. Because if you allow the virus to mutate to a variant that evades the vaccine, that even vaccinated people are going to be negatively impacted by people not wanting to get vaccinated, because we know now we're lucky that we have a vaccine that does reasonably well, in fact, quite well against severe disease with Delta, but we don't know if that's going to continue if we get a different variant that evades the vaccines that we now have that are so successful."

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Dr. Fauci Says the FDA Not Yet Fully Approving the Vaccine is Just a Technicality

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"That non FDA approval is a true technicality," said Dr. Fauci. "We have emergency use authorizations that we do. It is usually a situation where you kind of have marginal and maybe moderate efficacy, and you want to balance the risk benefit. So you give it an emergency use authorization. What you see now with these vaccines is that we've been giving them to hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. It is highly effective and very safe. This idea about getting official approval, which understandable, the FDA has their way of doing things. They do that they've been very successful in keeping people safe, but there's no doubt that these vaccines are going to get fully approved. So what's going on now with the vaccines is as good as full approval. So this idea about it's not fully approved is really a false narrative. It really is. I mean, you should consider this as good as fully approved and get vaccinated."


Dr. Fauci Said Anyone Can Spread Delta—Even Vaccinated People

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"The thing that's different with the Delta variant, that's different than what we've been experiencing with the original Alpha variant is that even if you get infected, when you are vaccinated, namely, what we've been referring to as a breakthrough infection, when we're dealing with the other variant, the Alpha, the amount of virus in the nasopharynx of a vaccinated person who gets a breakthrough infection is really was, was really quite low, making it extremely improbable that you would transmit it to someone else, given the incredible capability of this Delta variant to transmit and to replicate. We find now that the level of virus and the nasaopharynx of individuals who are infected with the Delta virus is extremely high. And even a vaccinated person who gets a breakthrough infection and may have no symptoms at all, or maybe minimal symptoms. That person, even though they may not be sick, are entirely capable of transmitting the virus to someone who's uninfected."

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Dr. Fauci Explained the CDC Guidance on Masks, Especially as it Related to Vulnerable People Like Our Kids

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"The CDC has changed guidelines in two ways," said Dr. Fauci about masks. "They've said that even if you were vaccinated, if you are in an indoor public setting where you have a situation where you're in a zone, which is most of the United States, that is either a high or substantial degree of transmission, you should still wear a mask. And the same thing goes for being in school. You have a situation where the best way to protect children is anyone that can be vaccinated. Surround the kids with people who are vaccinated, teachers, personnel, and the school, whomever. But in addition to that, you should have everyone be wearing a mask. We know how that can be uncomfortable, but you'd rather have in a somewhat uncomfortable situation with a well-child then temporarily comfortable and a child in an ICU. That's what we want to avoid."


Dr. Fauci Thinks Schools Should Mandate Vaccines

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"I'm going to upset some people on this, but I think we should" have a vaccinate mandate for schools, said Dr. Fauci. "I mean, we are in a critical situation. Now we've had 615,000 plus deaths, and we are in a major surge. Now, as we're going into the fall into the school season, this is very serious business. You would wish that people would see why it's so important to get vaccinated, but you're not going to get mandates centrally from the federal government. But when you're talking about local mandates, mandates for schools, for teachers, for universities, for colleges, I'm sorry. I mean, I know people must like to have their individual freedom and not be told to do something, but I think we're in such a serious situation now that under certain circumstances mandates should be done and those mandates could come from governors, for example."

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Dr. Fauci Had This to Say to Worried Parents

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"The discussion that we've had now for over a year is to balance the negative impact on kids from keeping them out of school, the mental health, the developmental, and others, balancing that with making sure that you do whatever you can to keep the children safe in school, because we are dealing with a different virus now, a much more transmissible virus. And that gets back to what I said a bit ago. There are a couple of things you can do. One of them is to surround the children with people who, if they are eligible to be vaccinated, to get vaccinated. And that's the reason why I answered positively to your question about what my opinion is about mandating vaccines for children, anyone who's eligible for a vaccine. If you want to be around children, you've got to do whatever you can to protect them. And if you're eligible to get vaccinated, get vaccinated since children of certain ages can't get vaccinated. That's why you get the situation of the CDC recommendation about wearing masks in school. And I know a lot of people push back about that, but again, that's the weapon. If you want to call it that we have vaccinate those who can be vaccinated and wear masks in situations in which you have unmatched unvaccinated people." So get vaccinared, 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