We are entering into the final month of 2020, marking the year anniversary since the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Wuhan, China. While a vaccine is just days to weeks away (for those at high risk), the biggest health crisis of our generation isn't over yet. In fact, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and Director of the National Institutes of Health, the next month will likely be devastating. During a Facebook Live discussion with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Fauci declared the next 30 days will involve "precarious risk." Read on to hear his warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Says "It's in Our Hands Right Now" to Mitigate Disaster
Fauci described the recent surge of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as "quite problematic," pointing out that despite his persistent warnings and pleadings with Americans to mitigate the risk before the temperature dropped, his predictions are coming true.
"We anticipate, given the numbers of people that have traveled and that have engaged in the kinds of family and friends, gatherings, indoors for dinners and other gatherings, that what we are likely going to see, a surge upon a surge," he revealed. "And what I mean by that is that the numbers were already going up. You usually see about two and a half to three weeks following an event that precipitates new infections. Traveling is an event. Holiday gathering is an event. Indoor types of congregate settings is an event."
Now that the "event" has occurred, "we're going to be seeing the result of that in the next couple of weeks."
While many people are looking at the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as two separate events, Fauci is lumping them together. "I think we're going to be looking at 30 or more days of a period of time of precarious risk," he revealed. "Even though we're so called out of the Thanksgiving season, we are rapidly going to emerge into the season of people shopping, crowding, preparing, perhaps even the ill-advised office parties, if they can exist anymore. And then the Christmas holidays, and then New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. So we have about a month or more of a situation where it is in our hands right now to see if we can mitigate it."
Follow Dr. Fauci's Fundamentals to Stay Alive
Fauci's recommended mitigation tools haven't changed. "I have been reiterating over and over the uniform wearing of masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowds and congregate settings, particularly indoors, doing outdoors — and we realize sometimes the weather does not permit this — but as much as you possibly can outdoors versus indoors and wash your hands frequently." Additionally he suggests avoiding "the things that we know are pleasant and desirable though they're dangerous now — like family and friends getting together 10, 12 people inside a house with poor ventilation in a situation where a single person who is without symptoms and infected can infect several of the people in there, including those who are vulnerable to severe consequences," he continued.
So follow Fauci's fundamentals—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with, practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.