On a day in which the United States broke a record for coronavirus cases—77,000, topping the previous peak in July—and a day after the final Presidential debate, in which President Trump said we were "turning a corner" on the virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on MSNBC's MTP With Chuck Todd to issue a warning: Things will get worse. Read on to see what he said, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci is Very Concerned That Infections Keep Rising—Because They Will Lead to More Deaths
"I'm concerned about it. And the reason I'm concerned is, our baseline of community infections that you see every day, they've been anywhere from 20,000, then they went up to 65 70, they came back down to 40 50. Now they're back up to the record [of] over 70,000. That is a precarious place to be for a couple of reasons, because if you look at the map of the United States and several of the states right now, for a number of reasons that we could discuss are having what we call upticks and case positivities, which are in fact leading to increases in hospitalizations, which ultimately will lead an increase in deaths."
Dr. Fauci Warns Things Will Start to Get Worse Now
"When you enter the season of the cooler months of the fall and the colder months of the winter, where a lot of activity out of necessity is going to be inside, as opposed to outside, that's a difficult and challenging situation to be in because you had a couple of factors against you, the amount of community spread as expressed by the number of cases per day, which …yesterday was at a very high level of about 70,000, as well as the increases that we're seeing on the mass of the country, going into the cold, the season is something we really need to appreciate."
Dr. Fauci Says He's Not Proposing Shutting Down the Country
"We don't want to shut down the country. Every time I talk about things that we need to do, people get concerned that looking about it, shutting down, we're not talking about shutting down, but we're talking about doubling down on some of the fundamental public health measures that we need to adhere to—the universal wearing of masks, the physical distancing, the avoiding congregate settings and crowds, particularly indoor doing things to the extent possible, outdoor more than indoor, such as dining and things like that. To the extent we can with the weather and frequent washing our hands, they seem rather simple, but they really do work."
Dr. Fauci Says Many States are in Trouble
"Right now, if you're looking at it, there's a number of states, about 30, [that] have picked up and ticked up into a level where they're increasing. That information, I think, could be public knowledge when, when you know, Dr. Birx, who spends a lot of time collecting that data— she's right now on the road, going through different states, trying to get the public health message out there. But I believe that that information could be made public."
Dr. Fauci Was Asked About a Federal Response—If Wished Anything Had Been Done Differently
"It probably would be a more uniform direction of what states should do," he said retrospectively. "One of the issues that we find is that States do things a bit differently. I mean, that's [that's] understandable in many respects because we have a big country and the conditions in different states are different—for so many reasons and regarding so many factors. But what I would love to have seen was a little bit more uniformity in what the states are doing so that you have a consistency so that everyone can look around and see what everybody else is doing and be part of a country response, as opposed to individual responses." As for yourself, practice Fauci's fundamentals, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.