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Dr. Fauci Just Said This About the Next Surge

"The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have significant health, economic, and social impacts in the United States," says the Bipartisan Policy Center, which just hosted Dr. Anthony Fauci and distinguished experts "to discuss what is next for the nation with respect to COVID-19 as we approach the holidays and look ahead to 2022." Dr. Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with Bill Frist, MD, Former Senate Majority Leader. 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.


Dr. Fauci Warned There's Some "Challenging News" as We Head Into Winter

Portrait of sick young man in blue jacket put on a hood, having a cold, feeling unwell, coughing, wearing medical face mask, outdoors

"In general, we're doing well, but it's a little bit of a mixed bag," said Dr. Fauci. "We went through a significant surge, which has come back down and the deflection of the curve looked good. The surge was related to the appearance of a Delta variant, which is a very formidable virus in that it transmits very, very efficiently. The vaccination program has worked quite well in many respects. So we've been able to turn that around. The only thing that's a little bit disconcerting is that" cases are "beginning to plateau. In other words, the deceleration of cases is now plateaued. And in some areas of the country, we're starting to see a bit of an uptick. With regard to vaccinations, although we've done well, in many respects, we have 85% of our elderly individuals, fully vaccinated, and 98% with at least one dose. We have, you know, 75 to 80% of adults have received at least one dose, but we still have about 60 million people in the country who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not yet gotten vaccinated. And that's excluding the 28 million children from five to 11, who we've recently now have authorization and recommendation to vaccinate. So there's a lot of good news, but some challenging news that we really need to address as we go into the winter months."

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Dr. Fauci Said Here's What 2022 Might Look Like

Woman taking off her respiratory mask and holding a bottle of water

Dr. Fauci said a return to something like normal means when "it's out of the pandemic mode. You're not having a situation where it's very dramatically impacting everything we do, which it has, and that's not only us. That's the entire rest of the world. When you have a deceleration and you get below the pandemic phase, that means the virus is still present, but it is overwhelming the system of healthcare. It's not disrupting our normal social interactions and our economic interactions, but it hasn't disappeared. The trick is what level in that of individuality are we going to wind up at? Are we going to be at a very, very low level where we barely even notice it sort of like those kinds of infections in the community that are there, it makes a few people sick, but it doesn't impact what we do or is it going to be high enough that we're always going to have to be careful that we're going to get a resurgence."

"Obviously the optimum would be to get so low that we can start to really return to what we feel is as close to normal as we can," he continued. "When we get there is going to depend entirely on us, how well we vaccinate the public, how well we get boosters to people because we know that the vaccine efficacy clearly wanes. …If we can get most of the people who are eligible to be boosted booster, we can go a long way to making 2022 much more of a normal year than what we've seen in 2021."

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Dr. Fauci Said Kids are at Risk; Get Them Vaccinated

Doctor vaccinating child at hospital.

"Well there's 28 million children in that age group," said Dr. Fauci about kids aged 5 to 11, who are now eligible for vaccines. "It is absolutely true that children who get infected generally do not get a serious disease as an adult, particularly an elderly adult. But as we know, children are really quite susceptible to being infected. Even though about 50% of them get no symptoms, you still can have some serious illness. There've been now about 2 million children from five to 11, who've been infected. They have been anywhere between 65 and close to a hundred deaths among that group over 8,000 hospitalizations. So it isn't a trivial disease in children, but also given the size of that cohort to get them protected would have an impact on the dynamics of the outbreak. The clinical trials have been pretty clear—the efficacy in children, five to 11 is 91% with the mRNA Pfizer vaccine. And the safety profile is really quite good."

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Dr. Fauci Said Here's How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season

Senior woman with caring daughter at home

"I'm very pleased to tell them if you get vaccinated and your family is vaccinated, you can feel good about enjoying a typical Thanksgiving, Christmas with your family and close friends," said Dr. Fauci. "We unfortunately still have a dynamics of an infection of the community of about 70,000 new cases per day. So when you go to indoor congregate settings, go the extra mile, be safe, wear a mask. But when you, with your family at home, goodness, enjoy it with your parents, your children, your grandparents. There's no reason not to do that. This will end. We are not going to be going through this indefinitely. How quickly we get to the end, depends on us. How will we vaccinate? How will we get boosted and how well we do the kinds of things to protect ourselves? So that's my message to the general public."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

Family after getting covid-19 vaccine.

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.

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