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COVID-19 cases are down nearly 70% over the last five weeks. “Does that mean that we're beating the virus or is there still a chance that we're going to have yet another wave?” asked host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. He was speaking with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who answered with some context—and a warning. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Said You Don’t Want to Let Your Guard Down
So, will we have another surge? “Well,” said Dr. Fauci, “we really need to keep our guard up because we have variants that are circulating that have a greater degree of capability of transmitting from person to person. I refer specifically to the UK variant, the 117. That we talk about the slope of downward trajectory…is really very good and very impressive. It's very sharp. The one thing we don't want to do,” he warned, “is to get complacent that it's coming down so sharply that now we're out of the woods because we are still at a baseline of daily infection. That's quite troublesome.”
Dr. Fauci said we still have too many cases to relax. “We're not at that very high level of 300 to 400,000 cases per day, but we are at a level that's still, if you look at the big picture of things, is a lot of cases per day. Cause we want that baseline to get very, very low. We had the same problem months and months ago when we had peaked in certain areas of the country and we're coming down. And then all of a sudden we got to a baseline that was unacceptably high and then bingo. And when right back up, as soon as things happen, like people got a little bit loose with their mitigation measures. So bottom line message:” Stay vigilant.
Dr. Fauci Said We’d There’d Be Enough Vaccines For Anyone Who Wants One
Dr. Fauci said vaccines were key to preventing any surges. So when will there be enough for us all? What “the president said is absolutely correct,” said Fauci. “By July, we will have enough. We will have the 600 million doses that we contracted for from two companies. It is very likely that before then we are going to start vaccinating people who are outside of the priority groups and essentially represent anyone and everyone. But the number that the president gave or the month that the president gave was absolutely correct by July. We will have in hand enough vaccine to be able to vaccinate virtually anybody and everybody, it will be 600 million doses for 300 million people.”
How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic
Follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this surge, 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.