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Keep an eye on Europe right now if you’re worried about COVID-19, Fauci warns

Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t want people in the U.S. making the same mistakes as Europe

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as he speaks with reporters 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, listens as he speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.
Alex Brandon, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci said over the weekend that the United States needs to learn from Europe’s mistakes when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak, CNN reports.

  • Fauci told CNN the coronavirus remains a threat in the United States with new variants and high infection levels.
  • “When you see a plateau at a level as high as 60,000 cases a day, that is a very vulnerable time to have a surge, to go back up. That’s what exactly happened in Europe,” Fauci told CNN.

Context

Europe has seen a high number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. A variant discovered in the U.K. has been spreading there. New research suggests the U.K. variant is more deadly, too, according to Forbes. But the vaccine distribution has also been slow in Europe, which has caused an increased number of cases.

What’s next?

Fauci told CNN the U.S. needs to get many more people vaccinated and continue to follow guidelines to avoid another wave.

  • “The best way that we can avoid any threat from variants is do two things. Get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can and to continue with the public health measures until we get this broad umbrella of protection over society,” Fauci said.