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Dr. Fauci has some good news about the pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci said he sees good news from the recent case numbers

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, laughs while speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, laughs while speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.

Alex Brandon, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently revealed some good news about the pandemic while speaking on the “Today” show.

What happened

Fauci — who mostly spoke about the COVID-19 variants — said there is some good news about the current number of coronavirus cases in the U.S.

  • “I don’t think the dynamics of what we’re seeing now with the plateauing is significantly influenced yet — it will be soon — but yet by the vaccine,” he said on the “Today” show.
  • “The good news is … that we seem to be plateauing,” he continued.

However, Fauci said on the “Today” show that the country must focus on staying safe and abiding by public health measures, especially as the new COVID-19 variants begin to pop up.

  • “The sobering news is that we cannot … lose the intensity of being able to use the public health measures to prevent the further spread,” he said. “Because if, in fact, the (UK) variant becomes dominant — if the variant that has a greater degree of transmissibility becomes dominant, we’re going to be faced with another challenge of a virus that has a more efficient capability of spreading.”

What about Utah?

Per the Deseret News, there are some signs that the holiday surge is decreasing. In fact, Utah has seen lower daily case numbers and a lower percentage of positive tests in recent days, according to the Deseret News.