After a few weeks of declining cases, some states have opted to pull back on their COVID-19 restrictions. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, these loosenings of tried and trued mandates are premature, and could have devastating consequences. In a new interview with MSNBC, Dr. Fauci warned of a very “bad sign” that could indicate a turnaround in the positive trend. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Curve Has Reached “A Plateau”
When asked about Mississippi and Texas, where restrictions are loosening, Dr. Fauci asserted that “now is not the time to pull back” on public health measures. “The good news is that we have vaccines coming online. You saw the curve of the infections per day, coming down. But over the last seven days or so, we reached a bit of a plateau with a deflection of the curve isn't going straight down the way it was,” he explained. “That's a bad sign.”
This Isn’t the First Time This Has Happened
Dr. Fauci pointed out that history could be repeating itself. “We've seen that before,” he explained about the curve plateauing. “We've seen that last summer, when we were trying to so-call open up the economy and open up the country, when we said there were certain guidelines that you should adhere to.”
We Need to Observe These Guidelines Universally
He also pointed out that “there was variable adherence to those guidelines,” which proved to be devastating in terms of the following months, and “that really big surge that we don't want to repeat now.”
There Is Something We Can Do
Dr. Fauci admits there is hope. “I mean, we were going in the right direction. Now's the time to keep the foot on the accelerator and not pull off because the thing that we don't want is yet again, another surge,” he said. “So I would advise the people of Texas and Mississippi to just abide by the public health measures that we talk about all the time—uniform wearing a mask, physical distancing, avoiding congregate settings, particularly indoors, washing your hands frequently. We just have to keep doing that because we know it works.”
Do Your Part in Ending the Pandemic
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, 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, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, 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.