Although we may be “turning a corner” at the latest coronavirus Rise – Cases have decreased by 22% compared to last month – this is not the time to let down your guard, warns Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He appeared on CNN In This Hour with Kate Bolduan For issuing strong words about the virus, and also for clarifying your comments about gatherings this Christmas holiday. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t forget to check out these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Dr. Fauci said, “I don’t think we’re going to get rid of COVID-19 completely for a number of reasons, at least in the near future.” “One, the fact that we still have a substantial number, 70 million people who deserve to be” Vaccination Or not vaccinated in this country, but then so is the rest of the world. Unless you have the virus spreading to other countries, many countries that we don’t have the resources, you are at risk of getting the new type. He will come And that’s why we say, and it’s fair to say that the response to a global pandemic is a global response, not just within our own country. And we’re working to get many, many, many doses, literally hundreds of millions of doses, over a billion, for other countries, especially low- and middle-income countries.” Read on for a big but.
“But,” he added, “we are seeing a change, as you rightly mentioned, a decrease in cases, a decrease in hospital deaths and still an increase, but it is usually a lagging indicator. And I fully expect that if we continue to move in the direction of reduction in hospitalizations, in cases where deaths start to come down.”
“Not to belittle it,” said Dr. Fauci of the potential change, “is that we still have so many people who haven’t been vaccinated, that we’d better be careful not to say no.” That we are out of the woods because we can’t be out of the woods, no more, no more COVID around.”
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Fauci appeared on a news show on Sunday morning, saying it was too early to know whether Christmas gatherings would be safe. “I even said something over the weekend that was taken completely out of context. I was asked, what can we predict for this winter to be like December and Christmas? Yeah, I mean, I say that you put a hold on that. I said, we don’t know because we’ve seen slopes that went down and then came up. The best way to make sure we’ll be in good condition over the winter would be that more More people should be vaccinated. She was misinterpreted as me saying, ‘We can’t spend Christmas with our families,’ which wasn’t the case at all. I’ll spend Christmas with my family. I want people, special I strongly encourage vaccinated people who are protected, to have a nice normal Christmas with their families. But that’s exactly how all the other information spins around. You’re one milestone at a time. Talking about something is said and misinterpreted that I am saying you family can’t spend Christmas time, which is rubbish.”
Speaking more about his Christmas remarks, Fauci clarified: “I was asked to predict what the pandemic situation would be when we arrived in December. And my response was that it’s really up to us. It’s hard to predict, but one thing we have the power to do is to make sure that there are fewer and fewer cases and the decreasing slope that is going down is going down. And the only way we can do that is He’s vaccinating as many people as possible. That was what I was making. It’s not like you won’t be able to spend Christmas with your family. I certainly am. That’s for sure.”
Regarding incentives and mandates, Dr. Fauci said: “I think we need to do both. I am very sensitive and aware of the reasons why people hold back on mandates. It is an unusual thing. It is. It’s not something you want to keep doing, telling people what to do, but there comes a time when you’re working, even if you’re in an unusual and very unique situation to live through a historic pandemic social influence than your own person, feeling about someone whether or not you have to. So I think we need to use incentives, but like you just said, okay , the mandate works. And sometimes people just need a little bit of a push to do something for their own benefit, not for their family, but also for the benefit of the society. That’s why we are doing schools, universities at the local level. , don’t want to mandate with places of business, government, etc. etcetera. But sometimes you have to.” Get vaccinated, and to protect yourself and others’ lives, don’t go on any of these 35 places you’re most likely to catch COVID.