In the last month the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to worsen, as America deals with surges upon surges of the virus and also the introduction of a new, more transmissible variant of the already infectious disease. Now, with the Christmas and New Years holidays just days away, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is pleading with the country to avoid making a few simple mistakes that could threaten the lives of thousands of Americans. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
“We Don’t Want to Cancel Christmas,” Says Fauci. “But….”
During an interview with Good Morning America, Fauci begged viewers to do what he suggested at Thanksgiving—avoid large family gatherings, traveling, and congregating indoors —all known to perpetuate the spread of COVID-19 and lead to more hospitalizations and deaths.
“We don’t want to cancel Christmas, but you have to tone down plans, try to minimize travel and try to avoid large congregations of people indoors,” he explained. “You know, the dinners that have 20, 25 people… we know how difficult it is in a wonderful season, like Christmas, to tone down these kinds of things, but we really do need to hang in there.”
He explained that this is crucial right now, as “the amount of infection in the community is really rather high and that “we’re in a precarious situation.”
However, he does point out that “there is light at the end of the tunnel” due to the vaccine. “Sooner or later, hopefully sooner within the next several months, vaccines are going to make a serious, important, positive impact. But until then we really need to adhere to good prudent public health.”
And, as we look toward 2021, he hopes that masks become a mandatory part of life. “One of the problems that we’ve had in this country is the disparity of people from one part of the country or another part of the country, doing things differently,” he explained. “We’ve got to pull together because we’re all in this together. If you look at the map of the United States of the increase in cases, it’s really quite troublesome. So we’ve got to just buckle down and everybody adhere to the public health measures, which include the wearing of masks.”
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How to Survive This Pandemic
As for yourself, 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.