Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser on the coronavirus, said over the weekend that he doesn’t expect there to be more lockdowns related to COVID-19 — but that doesn’t mean things will get better.

Does Fauci want COVID-19 lockdowns?

No. Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” that there are enough people vaccinated against COVID-19 that the winter surge of the virus won’t be the same as it was in 2020. And he doesn’t expect there to be more lockdowns and closures due to the coronavirus.

What does Fauci think about the recent spread?

Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” that the current COVID-19 surge still has legs.

  • “I don’t think we’re gonna see lockdowns. I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country — not enough to crush the outbreak — but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter. But things are going to get worse,” he said, according to ABC News.
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Fauci then said that unvaccinated people are seeing the highest amount of hospitalizations, suffering and deaths.

  • “The solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening,” he said.

Concerns over coronavirus, delta variant

Fauci’s comments come days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people who are fully vaccinated wear masks indoors again in certain situations, specifically locations that have a higher transmission rate, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Soon after, internal documents from the CDC suggested that the coronavirus is as transmissible as chickenpox, even among fully vaccinated people who experience breakthrough cases (which is rare in itself), according to the Deseret News.