Fall is officially here, which means a few things: the leaves are changing colors, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back on the menu, and cold and flu season is right around the corner. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year fall and winter are going to be extremely different than seasons past. During the summer months, many Americans spent a good deal of time outdoors, which helped slow the spread of the virus. However, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is extremely concerned about how the brisk and then chilly weather of the next few seasons is going to influence the behavior of people, and possibly propagate the spread of coronavirus. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Some Regions Are "Really Going to Have a Problem"
Speaking with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday, Dr. Fauci pointed out that when "a lot of things go indoor versus outdoor," the virus will have an opportunity to spread more easily. Therefore, the other fundamentals—"wearing of mask, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, washing hands," will become more crucial.
Dr. Fauci pointed out that getting down to a low baseline is also crucial as we head into the fall, as it is inevitable that there will be an increase in cases. And, unfortunately, many states in the country are still experiencing a great deal of infection.
"If you look at the country as a whole, the baseline for the country is still about 35 to 45,000 new cases a day. So when you look at it as a country, the situation is that there are some regions, some states, some cities, some counties, some regions of the country that are going to really have a problem," he pointed out.
While Fauci has previously maintained that a vaccine should be available by early 2021, during a Wednesday interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, he pointed out that we can get the baseline down prior to an approval.
"Even before we get a vaccine—which we will get reasonably soon—we have the capability by doing things that we've been speaking about for so long that could prevent the transmission, and by preventing transmission, ultimately preventing the morbidity and mortality that we see," he said.
RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make
We Need to Follow the Fundamentals to Save Ourselves
And while the recommended fundamentals to do so may sound easy enough, he pointed out that a lot of people are failing to follow them.
"The simple public health things that are not universally being implemented in our society and our very big country with a lot of heterogeneity," he said. To keep yourself and others free from COVID-19, no matter where you live, do as Dr. Fauci advises: wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.