For months, experts have warned that the COVID-19 pandemic will worsen during the winter months if people refuse to follow the guidelines recommended by health experts and the CDC, which include wearing masks, restricting social gatherings and avoiding holiday travel. On Tuesday, the United States reported its highest daily number of deaths from Covid-19 with more than 4,320 deaths attributed to the virus. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the best national expert on infectious diseases and the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases talks to Dan Manarino from PIX1
Dr Fauci warns: ‘May worsen significantly’
Although the COVID-19 crisis has never been worse, with infections, hospitalizations and deaths at record levels across the country, things have not necessarily bottomed out. “It could get worse,” he admitted. “We hope not.”
He added that if people “adhere equally, not in spots, but equally to the public health measures we are talking about – uniform wearing of masks, avoidance of general conditions, people gather indoors, keep their distance”, he hopes things will improve.
“I mean, obviously they sound very simple, given the scale of the problem, but we know it works that when these public health measures are applied consistently, you can control the wave,” he continued. “It’s very difficult to predict how much worse it will get worse. I hope we’ve seen the full weight of the increase.”
However, he pointed out that surges are common in the next moments when people travel and get together. “We see this after events, whether they are July 4, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving,” he said. “So right now, if you define it, we’re very likely to see the full weight of the trip, as well as the social gatherings that are usually held with family and friends over the holidays. So I think we’re probably right in the middle of that right now. . “
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How to survive this pandemic
As for yourself, follow the basics of Fauci and help stop this tide, no matter where you live – wear face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people with whom you are not a shelter (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of them 35 places you are most likely to catch COVID.