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Dr. Fauci Says Do This Now to Avoid Delta

The infectious disease specialist tells you how to stay safe.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

It's dangerous to be in America right now due to the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus, especially in "parts of the country with low vaccination coverage" like "the Southeast, Midwest & Northwest. In these areas, less than 40% of the people are vaccinated & there are more than 100 cases for every 100,000 people," says the CDC. Looking out for your safety and that of your family, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has issued guidance about what to do to avoid Delta. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Dr. Fauci Says Get Vaccinated—Including if You're Pregnant

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"The fact that you have a virus that spreads more efficiently is something that's important and needs to be taken seriously. This just underscores the need to continue to put our foot to the floor in the pedal about making sure we do the public health measures that we talk about all the time," Fauci has said, reiterating that the vaccine is "safe and effective." He added yesterday, at a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing: "It is extremely important for pregnant women or women who plan to get pregnant to get vaccinated." He referenced a study of 35,000 pregnant or breastfeeding women who had no unusual side effects. On the other hand: "It is very clear there are very severe adverse outcomes for mother and baby during COVID-19 infection," he said.


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Crowded Spaces

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Dr. Fauci said of the recent Sturgis motorcycle rally: I'm very concerned… that we're going to see another surge related to that rally," Fauci said. And that happened. "There comes a time when you're dealing with a public health crisis, that could involve you, your family, and everyone else that something supersedes that need to do exactly what you want to do," Fauci urged. Avoid large crowds. "You're going to get to do that in the future, but let's get this pandemic under control before we start acting like nothing is going on," Fauci continued. "I mean, something bad is going on."


Dr. Fauci Says Wear a Mask

Woman put on medical protective mask for protection against coronavirus.

You know you should but do you know why you must? "To understand the rationale for mask wearing to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission, it is helpful to understand how the virus spreads from person to person," Fauci wrote in a paper. "SARS-CoV-2 is primarily transmitted by respiratory droplets exhaled by infected individuals; these droplets span a spectrum of sizes. Larger droplets fall out of the air relatively quickly while close to the source, usually within a 6-foot distance. Smaller droplets, often referred to as aerosols, are also present at close range but may remain in the air over time and greater distances, decreasing in concentration as they move outward from their source." A mask prevents these droplets from getting into your body—and prevents you from spreading them.

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Dr. Fauci Has Recommended Social Distancing

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You just read about how COVID is "primarily transmitted by respiratory droplets." Remember that next time you're standing close to someone—and stay at least six week (or two meters) away.

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The CDC, Alongside Fauci, Issued a Labor Day Travel Warning

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"Given where we are with disease transmission right now we would say that people need to take these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling. First and foremost, if you're unvaccinated we would recommend not traveling," said the head of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

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How to Stay Safe Out There

Brunette woman wearing a KN95 FPP2 mask.

These measures "are the kinds of things that will prevent this new strain from spreading even further," said Fauci. Follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
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