Dr. Fauci just released a vital pandemic update – Eat This Not That

Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns of “pandemic fatigue” and what the future holds for COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. “We’re in a pattern now. If someone says, ‘You’ll leave when we’re out of Covid,’ then I’ll be 105. I think we’ll live with that,” says Dr. Fauci. Here’s what he thinks will happen next. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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Dr. Fauci hopes there will be only one COVID vaccination per year, much like the seasonal flu vaccine. “I think, although I’m not sure, [that] over the next cycle or so, we’ll be heading for a once-a-year boost, like the flu.”

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COVID fatigue is real, but now is not the time to be complacent, warns Dr. Fauci. “It’s getting harder and harder to get people to listen, because even people who are compliant want this behind them. What I’m trying to convince them [of], with my method of communication, is that you are not asked to radically change your way of life. We’re not asking you to really interfere with what you do with your life. We’re just asking you to consider simple, achievable mitigation methods.”

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Dr Fauci says it’s “not impossible, but more difficult” to develop vaccines for specific subvariants of COVID-19, due to the rate at which these strains mutate – and a regular vaccination schedule could take up to two years to develop.

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Dr. Fauci warns that the BA.5 subvariant evades immune protection from vaccines and previous infections. “What’s disconcerting about BA.5 is that it’s able to evade some of the immune protection that you get from previous infection, as well as from vaccination,” says Dr. Fauci. “The good news is that vaccinated and boosted people, especially those who have received the full booster component, are generally quite well protected against serious illness resulting in hospitalization and unfortunately, in some cases, death. But this is a variant type of escape because it escapes to a greater extent the protection that you would have obtained from a vaccine, so in other words it has a transmission advantage over the previous variance We can actually do something about it by getting vaccinated, getting vaccinated boosted.”

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Dr Fauci expresses concern over the monkeypox outbreak, warning that what we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg. “It’s something that we absolutely have to take seriously,” says Dr. Fauci. “We don’t know the scope and potential of it yet, but we have to act as if it has the ability to spread much wider than it is currently spreading. Any time you have the emergence of something like that, you’re still probably looking at what could be – maybe, we don’t know – the tip of the iceberg, so that’s why we need to run the tests much, much more vigorously… We’re probably detecting just a fraction of the actual cases because we had, for a long time, a very narrow case definition of who’s been tested and overall we’re looking into the community for men who have sex with men and in STD clinics. So we’re looking there, we’re finding cases there, but it’s a fact that there are cases outside of that community right now. We’re not looking for them because we don’t look there.

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Follow the basics of public health and help end this pandemic, wherever you live – get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 maskdo not travel, socially distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you do not shelter with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and that of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where you are most likely to catch COVID.

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