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The coronavirus pandemic is not over yet, despite restaurants and bars reopening in most cities. Cases are dropping, but on the flip side, vaccinations are slowing, as some remain hesitant to get theirs, including young people. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to warn all Americans that we need more people vaccinated, and shared other ways you can stay safe until all this is over even if you are vaccinated. Read on for 5 key life-saving tips—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 98 Symptoms To Watch For During This Pandemic.
Dr. Fauci Warned You Could Inadvertently Kill Someone if You Don't Get Vaccinated
Kimmel asked Fauci if it was frustrating to have a vaccine that works—and then have people not take it. "It is very frustrating," answered Fauci. "Not only because you care about everyone in the country, you care about the health and the safety of individuals, but also, there's a societal responsibility that we should all have to put an end to this outbreak. And if you have a group of people who understandably may think that they're invulnerable because they're young and healthy and statistically the chances of their getting into trouble [is low]…therefore it doesn't make any difference if they get infected because they likely will do well. That's really not the right attitude for the following reason: One, you're not exempt from a serious outcome because we still see now a number of young people getting seriously ill, but also what happens if you let yourself get infected, it, isn't just you in a vacuum, you may inadvertently and innocently infect somebody else who infects someone who really get in trouble. That could be someone's grandmother or grandfather, someone's wife, who's on chemotherapy for breast cancer. So you can't think about yourself in a vacuum. You have to think about somewhat of your societal responsibilities. So that's, that's really the frustrating part."
Dr. Fauci Said It's About to Get Easier to Get Your COVID Vaccine
"No, you don't want to give up on people," he said. "Do you want to give them the opportunity? First of all, to make it very, very easy for them to get vaccinated? Do you know the President today made the announcement that we're going to pull back from the big, massive vaccination programs and really have a walk-in type thing where you can walk into any of tens of thousands of pharmacies, get vaccinated without an appointment." He said we should also show concern and help countries like India. "That doesn't mean that we still should not pay attention, which we should do, the suffering throughout the rest of the world. Because I do believe we have a moral responsibility to be able to do what we can to get those people vaccinated."
Dr. Fauci Called Social Media a "Mixed Blessing"—Be Careful of Disinformation
Of social media, which can spread information and disinformation, Fauci said: "It's total mixed blessing. I think it's both good and bad getting information out to people. You can do it quickly and you can do it in bulk, but also when you get this information, conspiracy theories out now, fabrications—that gets frustrating because someone people go through social media, sometimes they can't distinguish the complete nonsense from the things that are really important to them. That's the problem."
Dr. Fauci Said You Might Need a Booster After Your Vaccines
Will we all need a third shot? "It is conceivable that you might," said Fauci, "we don't know for sure right now, but if the level of protection that you have starts to taper down over a period of time—we're following that in a large number of patients. So it is conceivable that you might, so I wouldn't be surprised and you can expect that that might happen. And if it does happen, you should definitely take it if it gets recommended."
Dr. Fauci Reiterated That You Put Other People in Danger By Not Getting Vaccinated
A Kimmel viewer asked why kids need to be vaccinated. "You want to protect yourself, but also you don't want to be part of the propagation of the outbreak, because if you get infected, even though you're young and healthy, you could, as I said, it would be inadvertently and innocently, pass it on to someone else who could have a severe outcome," said Fauci. "And when you get infected, you are propagating the outbreak. You're not being a dead stop. You're allowing the virus to continue from you to someone else. So even though you don't get any symptoms, because you're generally a young, healthy person, you don't want to be part of the continuation of the outbreak. You want to be a roadblock to the outbreak." So be a roadblock, and 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.