The coronavirus outbreak continues, with vaccines slowing the spread among some people, but not enough people have been vaccinated to stop it completely. Will this go on forever and ever – and how can you stay safe? dr. Anthony Faucic, the chief medical adviser to the president and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke to WTOP and revealed a few key ways you can stay safe right now, as well as some caveats. Read on for 8 essential life-saving advice – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss it Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
dr. Fauci said if you’re vaccinated, you shouldn’t be as concerned as when we didn’t have vaccines available. “It’s a world of difference. It’s like night and day,” he said. “If you look at the people who get seriously ill and look at the deaths associated with it, more than 90 percent is heavily weighted towards the unvaccinated. There are breakthrough infections in people who have been vaccinated. That’s understandable.” No vaccine is 100% protective, but if you look at the people who do get breakthrough infections who are vaccinated, they generally don’t always, but usually get mild disease or even asymptomatic disease. So the only thing that vaccination does, is that it protects you from infection. When, and if you do get an infection, it protects you from serious illness. So the benefit of vaccines, even in the arena of the Delta variant is overwhelmingly beneficial.”
Will we always live with COVID, the host asked? “We still want to make sure people don’t get the virus,” Fauci replied. “If you as a society mean that we have to live with the virus, it’s unlikely that we’re going to eradicate this virus in the sense of getting it off the planet. We’ve only eradicated one virus in the history of public health, and that’s it.” smallpox virus but we have eliminated viruses like polio and measles in this country we have not eliminated it from the world but in this country so we would hope so if you look at what you can do with a virus you can either eradicate it, you can eliminate it, or you can control it Well, we would at the very least want to do a very strong control over it, so that if it’s around, it’s just a very uncommon infection in the community for people who might get a breakthrough infection or people who haven’t been vaccinated. We’d like to get 100 percent of people vaccinated, but that’s never been done with anything. So that’s not going to happen. However, we can almost A If we can get a really, really good control, after a while we might even be able to imitate it. I don’t see that happening in the next year or so, but it’s possible that if we put in a really good vaccine program, we might be able to deliver.”
The host asked “We’ve seen 170 million people in the US with the vaccine, according to the CDC. 41 million people have had the virus. Are we getting closer to that herd immunity with those two factors at play?” “Well, we’re getting closer,” Fauci replied, “but we’re definitely not there yet because you said we vaccinated 171 million people. We also have about 73 or 4 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated who are still “Not vaccinated. Not vaccinated yet. So that’s what we need to do. We definitely need to get those unvaccinated people vaccinated.”
Herd immunity “is certainly the ambitious goal,” Fauci said. “We don’t know what that number is. I mean, herd immunity will be a combination of the people who are vaccinated and protected, and those who are infected and have lasting protection and immunity after their infection. You put those two and if you have a highly communicable disease, the number of both together is generally very high. For example, in measles, which is a highly communicable virus, perhaps the most communicable virus that we deal with if you are dealing with measles, you have well over 90% of the population need to be vaccinated before you can really feel that you have real herd immunity, so it’s conceivable that we need that amount for individuals, regarding COVID-19, we hope when you count the vaccinated people, plus the protected people from infection, that will be close enough to that number to protect all of us and give us real herd immunity.”
“If you’re infected and you recover from the infection,” said Dr. Fauci, “you definitely have some level of protection. There’s no doubt about that. What we don’t know very well is what the durability” have recovered from an infection, stating that, in addition to their natural acquired immunity, you can drastically increase the level of protection to increase. So there are some facts that sometimes make people confused. A, if you are infected you will have a good degree of immunity after infection B, we don’t know how long that lasts and if you give someone a vaccine after they have recovered from a natural infection you could dramatically increase their level of protection. “
“If you go to a hospital at some point with people who have been hospitalized for COVID-19, the vast majority are over 90% of them are unvaccinated individuals,” said Dr. Fauci. Not to mention, “The Delta variant is spreading very, very quickly among everyone, including children. So naturally what we’re seeing is an increase in the number of infections in children. And that’s just a reflection of the fact that this Delta variant spreads more easily among everyone, and that includes children.”
dr. Fauci was asked about outdoor events, such as sports and concerts. “Well, a lot of the events now require people to be vaccinated, or a recent test to get in,” said Dr. Fauci. “I think that’s a good idea because that really increases the safety of attending these events. Especially if they’re outside, if you’re getting vaccinated people or people who have been tested recently, I think that situation would be pretty safe So hopefully we’ll see a lot more sports activities resume.”
Follow Fauci’s founding principles and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.