Dr. Fauci Tells America To ‘Go Out There And Enjoy Halloween’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has given Americans the green light to go trick-or-treating on Halloween this year, despite the continuing battle with COVID-19.

Speaking with the CNN’s State of the Union this past weekend, Fauci gave his thoughts on one of the nation’s favorite holidays, explaining that people who have been vaccinated shouldn’t be too worried about social interactions.

“You can get out there, you’re outdoors for the most part. This is a time that children love, it’s a very important part of the year for children, I know my children enjoyed it.”

Fauci also took the time to urge unvaccinated to think about the benefits of receiving the shot. “If you’re not vaccinated, again, think about it,” Fauci explained, “that you’ll add any extra degree of protection to yourself and your children, and your family, and your community. It’s a good time to reflect on why you should get vaccinated.”

Hearing the leading doctor against the virus give his approval is a breath of fresh air for those who have been craving returning to a pre-pandemic time, and it’s obvious that people are excited. According to Good Morning America, Halloween spending is estimated to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion.

Fauci also mentioned that the outlooks for Thanksgiving and Christmas look promising as well, although no official guidelines have been released at this time.

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Last year, Fauci and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) discouraged trick-or-treating and engaging in large gatherings on Halloween. The CDC noted at the time that many of the classic All Hallow’s Eve activities, such as haunted houses and in-person festivals, were thought to be “high-risk for spreading viruses.”

According to the New York Times, there are 123,000 new COVID-19 cases, although the total new cases have been in decline over the past few weeks (totals were up to nearly 190,000 in early September). Additionally, the seven-day average is now slightly over 89,000, the lowest it’s been since late July.

In the same interview with CNN, Fauci also noted that daily hospitalizations are down below 10,000, while daily deaths are down below 2,000. These positive trends have many hopeful that the Delta-variant wave is finally tapering off.

While it’s a step in the right direction, the fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Fauci warned against declaring a “premature victory” over the pandemic.

“We still have around 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated that have not yet gotten vaccinated,” Fauci said. “You want to look forward to holiday seasons and spending time with your family and doing those sorts of things, but don’t just throw your hands up and say it’s all over.”

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The CDC does have some input on safety measures that families should attempt to take leading up to and on Oct. 31. Small groups are still preferable, and it’s recommended that large indoor gatherings continue to be avoided.

The CDC also recommended continuing to wear masks outside, but that step may not be necessary. Epidemiologist Dr. John Brownstein told ABC News that based on all the data we’ve gathered from the on-going pandemic, the outside has been determined to be safe, even for unvaccinated.

“Every parent has to make their own sort of risk calculation, but given where we are in this pandemic, I think, generally, mask wearing outside is probably unnecessary.”

While you may not need to worry about what precautions you take outside, Brown did add that masks and social distancing may be better should you find yourself in a large indoor gathering. Additionally, you should know ahead of time if other indoor attendees are vaccinated.

Brown also urged for people to continue following safety guidelines in order to ensure more relaxed holidays in the coming months.

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Dr. Fauci Will Likely Get The Covid-19 Vaccine On Live TV ‘This Week’ 

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke with the media in regards to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine’s distribution in America. He claimed that Americans shouldn’t expect to throw away their masks until the end of 2021, and herd immunity will likely be met by late spring/early summer. Fauci also added his name to the list of high-profile public figures who committed to taking the vaccine on live television to prove its effectiveness. 

Fauci is 79, which automatically puts him at higher-risk for the coronavirus, additionally, his crucial role in America’s healthcare industry makes him an essential worker, and thus a prime candidate to be one of the initial individuals to receive the vaccine. 

“I don’t believe we’re going to be able to throw the masks away and forget about physical separation for a while, probably likely until we get into the late fall and early next winter.”

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Healthcare workers in America began receiving their initial dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine this Monday. First responders and nursing home residents are being prioritized as the first eligible individuals to receive the vaccine as they’re at the greatest risk of infection. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases should be receiving their first shipment of the vaccine this week. Once that occurs Fauci will be sure to receive his dose on live television to give fellow Americans the confidence to get vaccinated when their time comes. 

“I’m going to be available to get vaccinated publicly so that people can see that I feel strongly that this is something we should do, and hopefully that will encourage many more people to get vaccinated.”

This statement from Fauci parallels that of a few other notable public figures in America who committed to getting vaccinated on live television for the entire nation to see. Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller was the first member of the Trump Administration to receive the vaccine live. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice also received his, and former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all made pledges to be vaccinated on television. 

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Current President-elect Joe Biden also expressed interest in being vaccinated on live television to give the American people confidence in the science. The vaccine couldn’t have come at a more crucial time for America: the US has now surpassed 16.5 million cases, and as of Monday the country officially surpassed 300,000 Covid-19 related deaths. 

Due to the fact that the pandemic is the worst it’s ever been in America, the vaccine is not enough to curb this spread and minimize the damage that’s already being done. Extraordinary public health measures need to be reinstated on a federal level so that the entire nation is on the same page in regards to shutting down and supporting its citizens economically. 

Mask usage, event cancellations and enhanced hygiene protocols are likely to continue several months into the second half and beyond of 2021. Only when you get the level of infection in society so low that it’s no longer a public health threat can you then think about the possibility of then pulling back on public health measures,” Fauci explained. 

As of right now only 40% of Americans claim that they will be vaccinated immediately whenever it’s made available to them, according to Fauci. As time progresses and more citizens begin to be vaccinated, more measures will likely appear in terms of businesses and cultural establishments reopening. Individuals who have not been vaccinated will likely be much more restricted in what they’re able to do at least in the initial rounds of vaccination. For now, continue to listen to your healthcare experts and practice proper health and safety measures to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 

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US Hits Another Record High For New Covid-19 Cases This Week 

The United States reported 87,164 new Covid-19 cases as of Thursday night, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, which has been recording data on the pandemic since it first began. This marks the most new cases recorded in a given day in the US, however, breaking this record is unfortunately nothing new for a country that has remained relatively relaxed in terms of Covid-19 health and safety restrictions. In fact, the previous record in America was set less than a week ago when 83,731 new cases were reported. 

The US is about to hit 9 million total coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Across the country 41 states have reported a 10% increase in new Covid-19 cases, and all 50 states have been reporting a steady rise in cases in general. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), spoke with the press recently and claimed he won’t be surprised when the US starts seeing 100,000 new cases appear everyday at the rate we’re going currently. 

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“We’ll cross 100,000 infections at some point in the next couple of weeks, probably. We might do it this week, if all the states report on time.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also predicted that by Thanksgiving the US could see 243,000 Covid-19 related deaths. At least 229,000 individuals have already died in America and there have been 8,940,000 cases. 

Ohio, specifically, has set a new high for most new Covid-19 cases to appear in one day twice within the past week, and this trend is proving to be pretty common throughout the nation. North Dakota also broke its record for daily new case numbers with 1,222 new infections reported; currently only 13% of staffed hospital beds remain open in the state. 

According to Johns Hopkins, the average number of daily new coronavirus cases is up by 24% in America. However, testing has also increased by 9% during the same time period that those increases were measured, meaning these high rates of infections have always existed, the general public and healthcare professionals of the nation just didn’t have all the proper data, and still likely don’t.

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The Covid Tracking Project has been monitoring the nation’s hospital bed occupancy rates throughout the past nine months, and this week the group reported that 13 states are struggling to cope with high hospitalization rates. Dr. Wendy Long is the president and CEO of the Tennessee Hospital Association, and recently spoke on these struggles to the press. 

“Hospitals are doing all that they can do to increase capacity, but their ability to do that is not limitless. That is especially true as we see more and more health care providers who are becoming ill from the virus and having to quarantine at home.”

The nation’s leading healthcare experts have claimed that the data shows mask mandates are a key strategy in lowering new infection/hospitalization rates. In hospitals where more than 75% of the patients came from counties that required masks in public settings, hospitalization rates began declining between the months of July and October after the initial wave of the pandemic calmed down. On the opposite end, hospitals that were treating fewer than 25% of patients from those counties saw hospitalization increases that reached 200%!

Areas of the nation that require masks to be worn in public settings are also likely to have all the other standard health and safety procedures we’ve seen put into play as well, meaning there are areas of the nation that are able to get the virus under control, however, if America as a whole doesn’t begin to get on the same page in terms of a Covid-19 plan, cases will continue to grow and citizens will continue to die.

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Dr. Fauci Warns States That Are At Risk For Future Covid-19 Outbreaks 

One of the biggest conclusions that experts are gathering from the current coronavirus pandemic, is that human beings may be living in a world where Covid-19 continues to exist forever. The shift will be more about controlling the spread and managing outbreaks through vaccination efforts; much like the world did with the measles. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force recently spoke with the press about states at the most risk of new outbreaks currently, and what the future of America could look like in a post-pandemic world. He claimed that once the percentage of positive case numbers goes way down, that will signify a “win” over the virus for the US. 

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Currently New York, for example, has an infection rate of less than 1%, the lowest it’s ever been, which Fauci says he would like to see the rest of the country look like. However, many states aren’t even close to that number. In states such as Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, and Texas, infection rates are still between 15%-20%, which is “really high” according to Fauci. 

Fauci also believes that once a coronavirus vaccine is made available, the government may not enforce everyone to get it. The only exception will likely be for individuals working in the healthcare industry due to their heightened risk of exposure. A similar policy has already been in place for individuals working in hospitals in regards to being vaccinated for the flu. This procedure has always been in place for a lot of healthcare facilities, as it reduces the risk of transmission between all parties present at a given facility. 

One of the biggest concerns from citizens throughout the past month has been our potential break up with the World Health Organization (WHO)  after president Donald Trump claimed that the US would be leaving the organization. However, it’s not as simple as Trump has made it seem, and the US is still very much in communication with the WHO. 

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Fauci claims that he and his colleagues are on a weekly call list that is sponsored by the WHO, and brings together health authorities and scientists from every country in the world that’s battling Covid-19 currently. The purpose of this weekly call is to allow every country’s CDC to exchange information and containment efforts as a means of reducing infection rates. 

“We have scientific collaborations with our colleagues in Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico. We have clinical trial networks in South Africa, and Brazil. So there’s an awful lot of international activity going on, you don’t hear about that very much in the press, but it really is going on rather intensively.”

Fauci also claimed that when it comes to school reopening throughout the country, there is “no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether schooling should be all virtual.” He went on to explain that America is a much larger country than most, so one universal policy for every state that is differently populated just wouldn’t make sense. 

He concluded his address to the media by reinforcing the ways in which we all can reduce the spread of this virus until a vaccine is readily available. Continue to wear a face mask, get tested if you’re exhibiting any symptoms or think you may have been exposed to someone who’s positive. Practice social distancing every time you go out and only leave the house for essential errands. Wash your hands regularly, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

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Dr. Fauci Continues To Battle Administration On Covid-19 Handling

Dr. Anthony Fauci has acted at the US’s figurehead in regards to the Covid-19 pandemic and ways we as a country can curve the spread. President Donald Trump and his administration, however, are continuing to sideline Fauci as a Covid-19 expert and contradict his advice by expressing their skepticism about the severity of the virus/treatments for the virus. 

More recently, Trump claimed that he “disagreed” with Fauci’s claim that the US was in a bad place in its coronavirus response, despite the fact that the US is one of the only countries in the world that’s still seeing an increase in case numbers and deaths. Trump went on to claim that Fauci was the one who’s been “making a lot of mistakes” in terms of Covid response. 

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The public has generally stayed on Fauci’s side as he, along with the rest of the countries healthcare professionals, have been basing their claims off the national/international data that’s been collected regarding the virus and how it works, however, that hasn’t stopped the administration from trying to take Fauci down. 

Trump retweeted a call for Fauci to be fired back in April after he continuously has had to correct the president specifically on his false claims regarding the virus; for example, when Trump was telling individuals that taking hydroxychloroquine could kill the virus, despite the FDA’s warning against doing exactly that. 

Trump can’t actually fire Fauci, and if he did the public would likely be very outraged; Fauci currently has a 67% approval rating for how he’s handled the pandemic, which is about three times the approval rating for Trump’s response. White House officials instead have taken to the media and internet to damage Fauci’s reputation, one recent example being an official telling CNN that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr Fauci has been wrong on things.” 

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Fauci himself has had enough of standing on the podium after Trump to disprove the false claims he’s spread about the pandemic, so much so that according to insiders Fauci hasn’t briefed Trump on the coronavirus since the first week in June. 

For those who may not be aware, Fauci has had a long career in public health. His name first entered the public eye during the AIDS epidemic where he also, at the time, contradicted the president’s handling of the virus. In a recent podcast interview, Fauci delivered an assertive assessment of the US’s handling of the pandemic in comparison to the rest of the world.  

“You have to be having blind-folders on and covering your ears to think that we don’t live in a very politically divisive society now, from a political standpoint. So I think you’d have to make the assumption that if there wasn’t such divisiveness, that we would have a more coordinated approach.”

The pushback from the president and his administration has been continuously detrimental to the way in which the US has fallen victim to this virus. More American citizens have been killed by Covid-19 than in World War 1. America alone makes up about 28% of all Covid-19 cases in the world as well. 

Regardless of your opinions on Fauci, we can’t deny that America is currently enduring one of the biggest crises it’s ever seen. Listening to your own healthcare professionals/providers is of the utmost importance right now and regardless of political beliefs, make sure you do your research and see for yourself what the facts are.

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