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Over the last few months, millions of Americans have been diligently working to slow the spread of COVID-19. Due to the fact that there is not yet a vaccine available, we have been relying on the fundamentals recommended by Dr. Anthony Fauci and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: staying six feet away from others, mask wearing, practicing hand hygiene, avoiding crowded areas, and staying outside versus inside whenever possible. While numbers might be spiking in several states across the country, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, explains that there is a bit of good news surrounding the pandemic and how it is being handled. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
"There's Good News in the Public Health Area"
In an interview on Thursday, the nation's top infectious disease expert told CNN's Jim Sciutto, when prompted, that there is good news in two areas of response to the pandemic.
"There's good news in the public health area," he explained. "We see that where we have states and cities and counties and areas, that do abide by the public health mandates that I'm speaking about, that they do turn around the surges."
"That tells me that we can do it. We have proven that you can actually control the outbreak. To me that's good news. Even though there are certain areas of the country that are hot, we know that if we apply certain health measures that they work."
A Vaccine is "On the Right Track"
The other good news? According to Dr. Fauci, we are close to getting an effective vaccine. "We now have three vaccines in phase three trial. We are on the right track. Things look like they are really going in the right direction," he attests.
Over the last few days, Dr. Fauci has been expressing concern about the upcoming holiday weekend, due to the fact that major surges of the virus occurred directly following Memorial Day weekend as well as July 4th.
"There are several states that are at risk for surging," Fauci revealed in an interview, explaining that the following seven states—South Dakota, North Dakota, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, and Missouri±"are starting to see an increase in the percent positive of their testing; that is generally predictive that there's going to be a problem."
"We know from prior experience that, when you get into holiday weekends — the Fourth of July, Memorial Day — there is a tendency of people to be careless somewhat with regard to the public health measures that we keep recommending over and over again," Fauci said in an interview with CNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports
While he still endorses having "an enjoyable weekend," he pleads with Americans to do their part and abide by the fundamentals of infectious disease control measures. "We really still need to get our arms around this, and to suppress the types of surges that we have seen," he said.
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Mask up, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, once again don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.