Over the weekend, news broke that a new coronavirus variant—much more infectious than those previous—has been spreading in the United Kingdom. As a result, many countries have opted to tighten travel restrictions, in hopes of keeping the mutated virus at bay. On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, weighed in on the new coronavirus. Should we shut down the country? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Fauci Says We Must "Keep an Eye On" the Mutation
During an interview with CNN, he explained that the US must "without a doubt keep an eye on it," but added that, "we don't want to overreact." He also revealed that if the matter is brought up during Monday's White House coronavirus task force meeting, he would advise against suspending flights from the UK.
"Follow it carefully, but don't overreact to it," Fauci said about the new strain of the virus. While he is confident officials in the UK are doing the right thing by monitoring this new strain, he isn't criticizing countries who have tightened up restrictions; he just doesn't believe it is necessary.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield agrees. Monday morning, Brett Giroir, the White House's coronavirus testing czar, told CNN's John Berman on New Day that travel restrictions were not currently on the table. "I think we're waiting for CDC kind of recommendations. Last night, talking to Dr. (Robert) Redfield, there was not a recommendation for that. Again, every hour we get more information. I think, as we have done and we need to do, we need to listen to the best experts," he said. "I think everything is possible. We just need to put everything on the table, have an open scientific discussion and make a best recommendation," he said when asked if a travel ban was possible.
How to Survive This Pandemic
The current COVID virus is contagious enough. If the next one is more so, all the more reason to 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.