Dr. Fauci Says We 'Should All Be Aware' of This Risk
Maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and regularly wash and sanitize your hands. If you want to reduce your risk of becoming infected with COVID-19, these are the suggested practices recommended by health experts around the world. However, if you want to completely protect yourself against the potentially deadly virus there is only one way to do it, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's go-to infectious disease expert.
Everyone is at Risk—Unless You Do This
In short, the only way to make sure to stay virus-free is by never leaving the house. "We all should be aware that the risk is not zero unless you completely lock yourself in," Dr. Fauci revealed during an interview, mostly focusing on sports and coronavirus, with The Wall Street Journal.
Fauci also pointed out that pretty much everyone is at risk when it comes to the virus, and shouldn't assume that they aren't—even if they are young and healthy like most professional athletes. "We know statistically that young people either get infected without any symptoms or when they do get infected, the chances of going on to advanced disease that would require hospitalization is low," he explained. "It is not zero. And that's the thing that you've got to get people to appreciate."
He reemphasized: "It isn't zero. There are some clear instances of people who are young and otherwise healthy who went on to get seriously ill. Rarely—and it is rarely—they've even gone on to get seriously ill and die. The risk is not zero."
Outdoors is Better Than Indoors
Obviously, keeping yourself isolated 24/7 isn't realistic for most people, nor does Fauci recommend it. In fact, he maintains that people should be able to attend sports events—with "a considerable degree of distancing" and mandated mask wearing, of course. "In my opinion—I'm not the ruler here; you're asking me for my opinion—they should make sure everybody has a mask and there's enough physical separation between spectators that you don't have people sitting all over each other's laps," Fauci explained.
Also, if you are going to attend a sporting event, you should probably make sure it is being held outdoors. "Outdoors is always better than indoors. I mean, there's no doubt about that. Whether it's a stadium or a restaurant or anything. Outdoors is better than indoors," he added.
As for yourself, avoid catching COVID-19: wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.