The only thing we have to fear, is the lack of fear itself.
Things could not be worse. Take a look at this chart of reported cases.
What more do you need, a flashing sign that says "DANGER AHEAD?"
The recent plateau in cases from record-high post-holiday rates is actually a sign that Americans should mask up and brace for another potential boom in infections, Fauci said while citing past coronavirus data trends at a White House press briefing.
Perhaps I'm being unfair. It is unlikely that you are a highly trained bureaucrat with years of experience in the subtle art of telling his superiors what they want to hear.
Allow Dr. Fauci to explain it to you in his own words.
"We've just now recently experienced the worst surge," Fauci said. "The issue is that we are starting to plateau. That plateau is about 60,000 to 70,000 cases a day. When you have that much viral activity in a plateau, it almost invariably means that you are at risk of another spike."
Yes, we now have a vaccine, and 82 million Americans, primarily the most vulnerable, have already been vaccinated, and we're adding another 2 million a day, but you're forgetting something.
But all is not lost.
As you might recall, Fauci had also warned towards the end of January that while infection rates were declining, we still couldn't let up.
That means that there are really only three very specific sets of circumstances under which we will still be required to wear masks, socially distance, and wash our hands.
- When cases are rising.
- When cases are falling.
- When cases are neither rising nor falling.
Once we have a situation where none of those things are true, we can finally return to normal!
Unless, of course, we have variants, in which case...