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The U.S. is still seeing ‘precarious’ levels of COVID-19 cases, Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the United States that COVID-19 cases are still too high to ignore the virus

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, speaks to a group of interfaith clergy members and community leaders and officials at the Washington National Cathedral, to encourage faith communities to get the COVID vaccine, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in Washington
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, speaks to a group of interfaith clergy members and community leaders and officials at the Washington National Cathedral, to encourage faith communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Washington. Over the weekend, Fauci said the United States it’s still seeing a high level of coronavirus cases.
Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser for the coronavirus, said over the weekend that the United States is still seeing a high level of coronavirus cases.

  • Specifically, Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week” the current case numbers — about 50,000 new infections per day — is too high to ignore the virus.
  • “That’s a precarious level, and we don’t want that to go up,” he said, according to The Washington Post.

Fauci said the U.S. is trying to encourage those who aren’t vaccinated to get the vaccine since it will help normalcy return.

  • “We’re out there trying to combat the degree of vaccine hesitancy that still is out there. And one of the real reasons why people have hesitancy is concern about the safety of the vaccine,” Fauci said.

Fauci argued that more people should get the vaccine because, simply, it protects more people.

  • “The more people you get vaccinated, the more people you protect. And there is the issue, when you get a critical number of people vaccinated, you really have a blanket of protection over the entire community.
  • “So, to get vaccinated, you have a responsibility to yourself, to protect yourself. But, also, even if you’re a young person who may not get any symptoms, you don’t want to get infected. You may think it doesn’t make any difference because you may not get any symptoms, but you may inadvertently and innocently pass the infection onto someone else, who could have a serious consequence.”

Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told “Meet the Press” that everyone needs to get the coronavirus vaccine in order to end the COVID-19 war.

  • “If we’re going to be able to put COVID-19 behind us, we need to have all Americans take part in getting us to that point,” Collins told “Meet the Press.”