While knowing the symptoms of COVID-19 can be helpful in diagnosing an infection—and in turn, slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives—the only way to know for sure is by taking a COVID test. Unfortunately, a year into the pandemic, and getting promptly and effectively tested is still not an option for many people. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In a new interview with The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Fauci reveals the one thing that could turn the pandemic around. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
We Need to Amp Up Testing, Says Dr. Fauci
According to Dr. Fauci, in order for life to return to any sense of normality, we need to majorly amp up testing.
“If by the time we get to the point where we get a number of people vaccinated, and we have a situation where we feel somewhat more comfortable in getting children back to school, the idea of getting teachers tested, students tested would make the entire situation of the policies of schools, of restaurants, of gatherings at sports events and entertainment events,” he revealed. “It would turn it around completely.”
He pointed out that there is a major difference between getting tested when you think you are sick, “versus whether or not you want to have a sports event.”
“We need to be able to produce them literally in the sense of millions and millions and millions, as much as you want. And there’s no reason why we can’t do that,” he continued, adding that he hopes for “almost an unlimited supply of tests” and “something that essentially is in the pharmacy for a dollar and a half or for 50 cents so you can go in and just get it yourself.”
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Protect Yourself From This Pandemic
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.