The number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths might be on the decline, but the pandemic is far from over. During a Community Conversation with students from William & Mary, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed there is still a major threat looming over us as we enter into the next phase of the international health crisis. 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.
The Variants Could Cause Cases to Rise, Fauci Says
Dr. Fauci started by explaining what initially went wrong during the pandemic, which led to surge-upon-surge of the virus. “The problem is that many States did not abide by the recommended way of opening up—namely gateway phase one, phase two, phase three,” he said. This led to another surge, resulting in about 70,000 per day, “which is totally unacceptable, far greater than any other country in the world,” he pointed out.
“Then as the all weather set in, and we had the holiday season of Thanksgiving, Christmas New Year’s, we had an exponential increase in cases” and “hospitalizations that almost overran the system.”
While we “fortunately, now we have a dramatic diminution going down” it isn’t guaranteed that things will keep trending in the right direction. “We can’t be complacent about that because there are variants, namely mutations, that could in fact, turn it around again,” he revealed.
He did note that there is one major success story of the pandemic, “the extraordinary success of the vaccine program, with now multiple vaccine candidates that are 94, 95% effective,” which he calls “a testimony to the extraordinary advances that have been made in science, the science of platform technology, structure based vaccine design, etc.”
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How to End This Pandemic
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, 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.