Dr. Fauci Just Said When Surge May End
By Lekhak January 10, 2022
"It's still on the rise. Yesterday, we had almost 745,000 cases."
Coronavirus cases are at all-time highs. Even though specialists argue that hospitalizations are the most accurate measure of how terrible things are getting, hospitalizations are on the rise as well, if only because so many people are getting COVID in the first place. How can you keep yourself safe? And when will this Omicron surge come to an end? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the President's chief medical advisor and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with David Ushery of NBC New York. Read on for five life-saving tips.
1. Dr. Fauci Warned That Cases are "Surging Upward" and Here's When They Might Go Down
"It's still on the rise. Yesterday, we had almost 745,000 cases. I wouldn't be surprised if we reached a million cases every day "In an interview with News 4, Fauci stated. "I would expect that by the time we get to the fourth week in January—end of the third week, beginning of the fourth week—we will start to see this coming down," Fauci added.
2. Dr. Fauci Said Here's How to Keep Schools Open
"The overall principle will be to attempt to keep the children in school since we know the negative impacts of keeping them out with virtual learning," Dr. Fauci stated. "The best way to keep them safe is to surround them with individuals who have been vaccinated, such as teachers and school employees who wear masks. And to the extent that you can, and I understand that not every school can, try to get the ventilation system going so that you don't end up with a situation where everyone is packed in with no sufficient airflow." Because this isn't available in every educational system, "You'll have to make some hard decisions. This is dependent on where you are, your location, and the current outbreak of illnesses."
3. Dr. Fauci Said Here's How Long to Quarantine After a COVID Infection
"There's been some confusion and some issues about the CDC's credibility," Ushery said, adding that the CDC's advice is to quarantine for five days and then return to work if you're essential—a negative test is recommended but not required. "The majority of transmission occurs within the first five days, and then it drops drastically," Dr. Fauci explained the CDC's decision. "It doesn't go to zero. It drops sharply dramatically. So they're saying that if you've been infected for five days, you may go back into society and wear a mask. If you have the possibility, take a test. Even if the result is negative, you must continue wear the mask. That is critical. If it's positive, you'll spend five days in isolation."
4. Dr. Fauci Said This About a Possible Fourth Booster
"I believe it is prudent to plan for the possibility of requiring a fourth shot. However, I believe that whether or not we will require it will be determined by the information collected from individuals who have received the third boost."
5. How to Stay Safe Out There
Get vaccinated or boost your vaccinations as soon as possible; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you aren't sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene.