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5 important facts about COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently updated the country on COVID-19.

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Two women wearing face masks pull their suitcases outside Lisbon’s airport, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

Two women wearing face masks pull their suitcases outside Lisbon’s airport, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

Armando Franca, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently updated the country on the novel coronavirus, and what to expect as the nation continues to see surges and as the U.S. heads toward the fall.

Fauci spoke at a panel discussion of doctors from Harvard Medical School, where he revealed some things for all of America to know.

Yahoo!has a good list of these takeaways. Make sure to check that list out for more information. You can watch Fauci’s full remarks here.

Coronavirus might get worse this fall

  • Fauci: “We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter because it’s not going to be easy.”

The coronavirus curve never went down

  • Fauci: “I keep looking at that curve and I get more depressed and more depressed about the fact that we never really get down to the baseline that I’d like.”

Events can really spread it

  • Fauci: “They’re really much more super-spread at events than super-spread of people. We used to think that a single person may be particularly prone to spreading it a lot. It is much more likely it’s the circumstance in which that person is, as opposed to anything specific about the specific person.”

Asymptomatic transmission is a lot higher than previously thought

  • Fauci: “The thing about this outbreak that is very perplexing in being able to track and get our arms around is the fact that about 40% to 50% of the infections are asymptomatic,” says Fauci. “If that’s not bad enough, we know that now— and there was some doubt about this until it was really clarified — it is likely that up to about 50% of transmissions off of individuals who do not have symptoms.”

The worst underlying condition for COVID-19

  • Fauci: “We’re seeing that obesity is probably one of the most important of the conditions that are strongly associated with an increased risk of severe illness.”