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Dr. Fauci's Scientifically Proven Ways You Can Avoid COVID Right Now

“We are not helpless,” he asserts.
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The United States is currently in the midst of the worst surge of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. With the number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths hitting record-breaking numbers across the country daily, major cities and states are instituting lockdown measures similar to those in the spring. However, while this new surge was "predictable," according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institutes of Health and leading infectious disease expert, we are not helpless when it comes to slowing the spread of the virus. In a new interview with CNN's John Berman, Dr. Fauci revealed the top ways to avoid COVID right now. Read on to find out how, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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"There Is Something We Can Do About It"

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While the cooler weather and upcoming holidays provide the perfect storm for infection, the situation is not hopeless according to Dr. Fauci. "I don't want people to get despaired," he said. "There is something we can do about it. I mean, in the same breath that you say, these are really very, very disturbing numbers. That's not the time to throw our hands up and say, well, you know, we're helpless. We're not." 

He explained that "there are things that we know for sure that we, other countries, various cities and States have done the fundamental, simple things." Here they are:

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Wear a Mask

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Dr. Fauci's number one way to avoid COVID-19 is to mask up. The infectious disease expert has touted "the uniform wearing of masks" so much that the three words "wear a mask" were added to Yale Law School Library's most notable quotes of 2020.

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Socially Distance From Others

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Whether you are around strangers or your best friends and even family members, if they don't live in your household then Dr. Fauci suggests taking "physical distancing" measures—staying six-feet apart. 

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Avoid Crowds

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Due to the fact that COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person, Dr. Fauci suggests avoiding crowds and congregate settings. 

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Outdoors Instead of Indoors

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Dr. Fauci also noted that congregate settings that take place "particularly indoors" are much more risky than those that occur outdoors. 

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Practice Hand Hygiene 

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While he didn't mention it during Monday's interview, Dr. Fauci has always been a proponent of hand hygiene. This includes washing your hands regularly and when that is not possible, using hand sanitizer

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"We Are Not Helpless" 

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"If we did that across the board" that "we would be able to blunt the surges we're seeing now," maintains Dr. Fauci. "We are not helpless. And as all of us have said, help is really right around the corner. We're going to start distributing vaccine doses to healthcare providers and people in nursing homes and other facilities, literally within a week or two—it'll be in the middle of December. And then as we get into January, there'll be more doses for more people. So now's the time to really hang in there and double down." And to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.