The United States has passed a grim milestone: 700,000 dead from COVID. And the deaths continue, as the “more transmissible” Delta variant spreads, mainly hurting those Americans among the 70 million who are unvaccinated. Concerned that more “avoidable” deaths are sure to come, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on This Week this morning with a warning. Read on for five life-saving pieces of advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Warning #1: Dr. Fauci Warned Delta is “the Most Formidable Virus”
“This is the most formidable virus,” said Dr. Fauci. “It is really. From the very beginning. It has evolved to the point where we’re now dealing with this Delta variant, which is an extraordinary virus in the sense—the same virus is still SARS-CoV-2, except that it has the capability of transmitting extraordinarily efficiently. There are certain elements about this that would just unavoidable in the sense that there are going to be deaths. They’re going to be a lot of infections globally, no matter what anyone did, but there were situations where we could have done better and we can do better. And I think we’re living through that right now, because we now have within our capability, highly effective and safe vaccines. And although we’ve done well in the sense that we now have 55% of the population fully vaccinated, 64% having received at least one dose, but there are 70 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not gotten vaccinated.” He said some of those deaths, therefore were “avoidable, they certainly are. In fact, looking forward now, most of the deaths could be avoidable if we get people vaccinated. Because if you look at the people who get hospitalized and the people who die, it is overwhelmingly weighted towards the people who are unvaccinated. So where we are right now, many of these could be avoidable.”
Warning #2: Dr. Fauci Said New COVID Pill is a “Big Deal” But You Still Should Get Vaccinated
Regarding the new COVID pill, Dr. Fauci says, “it’s a big deal. You have now a small molecule, a drug that can be given orally and the results of the trial that were just announced yesterday and the day before are really quite impressive. I mean, if you do a statistical significant analysis on it, it’s very, very significant cutting the deaths and hospitalization by 50%. Importantly, in the placebo versus the drug group in the drug group, there were zero deaths in the placebo group, there were eight deaths. So that is, you know, no matter how you slice that, that’s impressive. So we’re really looking forward to the implementation of this.” However, that does not mean the vaccine is unnecessary. “Absolutely not,” said Fauci. “That’s such a false—that someone says, well, now you have a drug. Remember the easiest way to stay out of the hospital and not die is don’t get infected.”
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Warning #3: Are We Turning the Corner? Well…
“We certainly are turning the corner on this particular surge,” said Dr. Fauci, “but we have experience over now close to 20 months of surges that go up and then come down and then go back up again. The way to keep it down to make that turn around, continue to go down is to do what we mentioned: Get people vaccinated. When you have 70 million people in the country who are eligible to be vaccinated, who are not yet vaccinated, that’s the danger zone right there. So it’s within our capability to make sure that that turnaround that was seeing that very favorable and optimistic turnaround continues to go down and doesn’t do what we’ve seen multiple times before, where it goes down and then it comes back up. We can do that merely by getting vaccinated.” Keep reading for two more essential pieces of advice.
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Dr. Fauci Said Mandating Vaccines for Kids is Nothing New
California will mandate vaccines for all students, once the vaccine is available for all age ranges. “I have been in and I still am in favor of these kinds of mandates,” said Dr. Fauci. “You can make some exceptions to them, but in general, people look at this, like this is something novel and new. When in fact, throughout, years and years, decades, we have made it a requirement for children to get into schools, to get different types of vaccines, measles, mumps, rubella, and others. So when people treat this as something novel and terrible, it isn’t a requirement for children to come to school, to be vaccinated with certain vaccines. It’s not something new it’s been around for a very long time.” He says the COVID vaccine has “proved to be safe and effective.”
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How to Stay Safe Out There
Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, 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, 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.