The country has never been so divided. However, there is one thing that everyone—regardless of political affiliation, gender, skin color, or socioeconomic group can agree on: the sooner the pandemic ends, the better. So, when exactly will that be? According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there is no easy answer. During a Wednesday interview with BNN Bloomberg, Fauci revealed that there are a few things that need to happen before things can start to return to any sense of normalcy. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
We Need a Universal Adherence to Public Health Measures
You might be wearing a mask, socially distancing, and avoiding crowds, but until others do so as well, the COVID crisis will drag on. The one thing "that is truly an obstacle" per Fauci, is people not adhering to public health measures. "We have a great deal of disparity in this country about adherence to the public health measures," he explained.
You Need to Believe the Virus is Real, and Convince Others
"We have certain areas of the country where even now, despite the numbers that are staring us right in the face, there are people that don't think this is serious. They think it's fake news. They think it's a hoax," said Fauci. "They think it's just made up and exaggerated. The numbers are not exaggerated. They're real. So we've got to get an attitudinal change. Not in everyone, many people are trying as best as they can to deal with this."
We Need Mass Vaccination
"The other issue is getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible," Fauci said. "The good news about all of this and the light at the end of the tunnel is that we have already two and soon to be probably more than two highly efficacious vaccines with a 94 to 95% efficacy and really quite safe."
We Need to Convince People the Vaccine is Safe
Fauci urges the importance of educating people about the safety of the vaccine. "We've got to get people vaccinated," reiterated. "There are some people who still have skepticism about vaccine. We need to make sure everyone's on board, that when vaccine becomes available to people in the various categories, that they very willingly take the vaccine, because that will be the answer to this and the solution to this is getting enough people vaccinated that you get an umbrella of herd immunity over the country that would make the risk of being infection very low."
When the Pandemic Could be Over, According to Dr. Fauci
Fauci has previous estimated that in the fall or winter, we'll return to some sense of normalcy—but always qualifies that by saying we must all do the things you've just read about. So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, 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.