Dr. Fauci Issues Urgent Warning Over COVID

Isn't coronavirus almost over? Nope. A new variant, called Delta, is more transmissible, and threatens many Americans, including children, because it's "more transmissible." So how does this affect you and what should you do? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with PBS's Judy Woodruff and offered this warning that all Americans should really hear. Read on for 5 life-saving pieces of guidance—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Dr. Fauci Calls the New Delta Variant a "Gamechanger"

Scientist working in the laboratory

Fauci told Woodruff: "Well, it certainly is a game changer, Judy, for people who are not vaccinated. One of the issues that's very, very clear is that the vaccines that are used in this country, fundamentally, the mRNA vaccines, with few exceptions, are really doing quite well in protecting against any symptomatic disease, and certainly highly effective in preventing against severe disease that would lead to hospitalization or deaths," he said. "The concern we have is that we have pockets in this country, particularly, but not exclusively, among certain Southern states, where the level of vaccination is really dangerously low, around 35 percent or so." He said we have 50% of the US population vaccinated but…"It's the concern about unvaccinated people. So, if ever there was what I would say a clarion call to people to please get vaccinated, you can protect yourself against a virus that has a better capability of spreading from person to person and that could make you more seriously ill."


Dr. Fauci Said the New Variant is "More Transmissible"

Infected patient in quarantine lying in bed in hospital.


The Delta Variant "is clearly more transmissible by multifold, a few times more. And if you look at the hospitalization, there was a study, Judy, from Scotland which showed that hospitalizations clearly had a few times more likelihood of getting hospitalized if you were infected with the Delta variant vs. the variants that were previously circulating," he said. "In certain countries, the Delta variant has become really quite dominant. It has pushed aside the other variants that are there. This will happen in our country, the United States, in those areas of unvaccinated people."


You May Be At "Significant Risk"

Woman coughing in her elbow in grocery store.

"That's the reason why we say we're dealing with something we have to take very seriously. It's really a dichotomy. If you're vaccinated, you're in reasonably good shape, in fact, quite good shape. If you're not vaccinated, you're at significant risk," he said. Dr. Fauci warned again of "two Americas." "You don't want to see two Americas, one that's protected very nicely because the vaccines work, and then certain pockets of the country where you can have these mini-surges which could really be very disconcerting and dangerous," he said.


Dr. Fauci Said if You Are Vaccinated, You Don't Have to Wear a Mask But Can

Female Wearing Face Mask and Social Distancing

The WHO recommended even vaccinated people wear a mask. Dr. Fauci said they said that because much of the world is not vaccinated, whereas rates are higher in the USA. "We want to make clear that there will be some people, understandably — and there's nothing wrong with that — who are vaccinated who don't want to take any risk. They're very risk-averse, I think particularly elderly people and people who have underlying conditions," so they want to wear a mask, says Fauci. "They may consult with their physician or a health care provider and say, you know, I really don't want to take any risk at all. It's perfectly fine for those people to wear a mask. But, as a country, the CDC at this point has not changed the recommendation that, if you are vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask. They are following the dynamics of this outbreak literally on a daily basis. And if the data change to indicate there should be a change in the guideline, that change would be made. But, right now, things will stay the same vis-a-vis the original guidelines from the CDC."


Dr. Fauci Begged You to Get Vaccinated

African American man in antiviral mask gesturing thumb up during coronavirus vaccination, approving of covid-19 immunization

"The data are looking at you square in the face," he said. "Please, for your own safety, for the safety of your family, and for your communal responsibility to get this virus crushed, you do that when you get the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated. So, I encourage very strongly people who are hesitant to get vaccinated to please get vaccinated." So 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.

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