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Dr. Fauci Warns You May Be Killing Someone Else 

You have to think beyond your “bubble” when it comes to COVID-19.

While the majority of people spreading COVID-19 are not doing so intentionally, that doesn't mean they aren't responsible for propagating the spread—nor does it mean they are helpless in preventing it from happening. During the Johns Hopkins University Health Policy Forum on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed with Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean Ellen MacKenzie how neglecting to recognize the importance of global health over individual health can ultimately kill people. Read on, and don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci Warns You May be Living in a Vacuum

"If you're interested only in individual health, you're putting yourself in somewhat of a vacuum, which means 'If it afflicts me, affects me, bothers me, I'll worry about it. If it doesn't, who cares.'" Fauci explained. "That's the antithesis of someone who is aware of and connected to the concept of public and global health."

In terms of COVID-19, every single person who becomes infected is putting other people's lives at risk.

"If a person gets infected and says to themselves, 'The chances are, that I'm not going to have a deleterious consequence. So it doesn't matter to me. So I'll do whatever I want to do. I'll practice risk behavior. I'll go to bars, be crowded, not wear a mask,'" Fauci continued. 

"Well, that would be fine if your infection doesn't ultimately impact other people, but you've got to get the message to people that if you get infected, even if you don't have a single symptom, what you are doing is you are propagating a pandemic," he pointed out. 

"Because by getting infected, you're keeping the pandemic alive so that even without symptoms, you may inadvertently — and I'll even use the word innocently — infect someone else who will infect someone else who's really vulnerable. Someone's grandparents, a woman who has breast cancer and is on chemotherapy, a child with an immune deficiency, an African-American young person with sickle cell disease. Those of the people that are going to be at very high risk for serious consequences."

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Fauci Says You Should Try to be Part of the Solution

Fauci then pointed out that if you refuse to partake in prevention methods — including wearing a mask, social distancing, practicing hand hygiene, staying outdoors instead of indoors, and avoiding crowded places — "you're becoming part of the problem when you should really try to be part of the solution." So make the smart choice, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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