With the COVID-19 Delta variant causing an increase in hospitalizations, cases and even deaths, now is not the time to pretend everything is normal, as much as we would like to. dr. Anthony Faucic, the chief medical adviser to the president and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said this today during the White House COVID press briefing and in an interview with Katie Couric. Read on for 5 life-saving pieces of advice, including a place he shouldn’t go right now – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss it Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
Last weekend, nearly 400,000 people attended a Lollapalooza concert. It was outside and people had to show proof of vaccination but “I was a little surprised by the videos I saw,” he told Couric. “There were a lot of people together, and given that we know that vaccinated people can spread infection, and while we know that outside is always safer than inside, there was really a lot of buzz that we had in those movies. So I made myself there. I’m a bit concerned about that myself. I’m pretty risk averse. So even if I’m vaccinated, I wouldn’t go to a really super crowded place where you’re essentially face to face with someone. I’d be concerned about that.”
“There is a long-term tenant in virology that viruses cannot mutate unless they multiply,” Fauci said at the news conference. “And so the easiest way to prevent ‘new mutants’ would be to vaccinate as many people as possible as soon as possible to prevent the virus from continuing to circulate in the community, giving it enough time to mutate.”
“I’m more concerned about a variant that we haven’t even seen yet,” Fauci told Couric. “My concern is that if we allow there to be smoldering infections in the fall and winter because those 93 million people for the most part are not vaccinated, my concern would be that you allow a variant that we don’t even have recognized that it is yet to come. And in fact be better at transmitting and being more serious than the Delta. We haven’t seen that yet. So instead of worrying about those others out there, let’s make sure we get there new ones coming in.”
“When are we going to reverse this acceleration that we are currently experiencing with Delta?” said Fauci. “There are two ways to do that. You’re doing it now in the direct sense by reducing and mitigating the kinds of things you’ve heard from the CDC’s recommendations regarding masking, by avoiding situations, busy situations where You see the increased ability of the virus to spread. The ultimate endgame of all this is vaccination. And so we continue to insist in a very proactive way that if we keep vaccinating and we get those 93 million people who are eligible for vaccinations that have not been vaccinated, if we do that in the immediate medium and long term and do the moderation now, we will reverse the Delta wave. I guarantee you that will happen if we do what I have just outlined.”
“Our seven-day average is about 89,463 cases per day, which is a 43% increase from the previous seven-day average,” said Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC. “The seven-day average of hospital admissions is about 7,348 per day, an increase of about 41% from the previous seven-day period. And the seven-day average daily number of deaths has also risen to 381 per day and is up more than 39% In the past seven days, we reported 614 new deaths to CDC on Tuesday, 83% of our counties in the United States are experiencing moderate or high transmission with Delta and remain the predominant circulating virus across the board. and hospitalizations in all age groups. Those most at risk are still people who have not yet been vaccinated. Now is the time to get vaccinated. We know these vaccines work and we know they save lives.”
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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.