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Dr. Fauci Says You Need to Do This to Avoid COVID

Avoid this type of situation at all costs, warns the infectious disease expert.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, with infections increasing in the majority of states, it has become more important than ever to take preventive measures against the virus. Over the last several months, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has made it his mission to educate people about how they can stop the spread of the virus, protecting their health as well as the health of others. During the Johns Hopkins University Health Policy Forum on Friday, Dr. Fauci revealed to Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean Ellen MacKenzie  the most important thing you can do to avoid COVID-19, and it might surprise you. Read on, and don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

What is Possibly the Most Important Thing You Can Do to Avoid COVID?

When asked the question about how to stay protected from the virus, Fauci explained that there are five fundamentals. "They sound really quite simple, but they're important because we know they work," he said.  

"One is uniform wearing of masks or face coverings. Number two is to the extent possible keeping distance," he continued. 

However, he deemed the next fundamental absolutely crucial. "Number three is likely the most important," he specified. "Avoid crowded places, congregate situations in which you have a lot of people predominantly indoors crowded together without wearing masks." 

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It's a Trifecta for Contagion

Why is the third so important? There are many reasons. COVID-19 is primarily spread person-to-person via larger droplets, so if you are standing less than six feet away from someone else—indoors or outdoors, your chances of becoming infected are much higher than if you are far apart. The CDC has also acknowledged that the virus may be airborne, able to float in the air and linger, especially when indoors. The third, is that many indoor spaces aren't ventilated, giving the virus ample opportunity to spread. Therefore, spending time indoors in a crowded space where nobody is wearing a mask offers a trifecta of potential for virus spread. 

"Fourth, do things to the extent that you can outdoors preferentially more than indoors," he continued. "And if it's indoors, good ventilation."

Last, but not least, he mentioned hand hygiene, "washing your hands, as often as you can."

"All of those are directed to mitigating against a respiratory born acquisition or transmission of infection," he concluded. So make sure you stick by this checklist, and also don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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