Dr. Fauci's 5 Biggest Warnings About Coronavirus
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House coronavirus response team, has seen a thing or two when it comes to preventing communicable illness, particularly the novel coronavirus. And he's seen a number of things Americans are doing that concern him as we head into fall (and increasingly indoors, and toward the flu season). These are his five biggest warnings to heed right now and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Get a Flu Shot to Avoid Double Infection
"If in fact—and I hope it isn't the case—we have significant COVID-19 activity as we go into the fall and winter season, that will be problematic and complicate things, because that's two respiratory infections circulating together," said Fauci in an interview with MarketWatch on July 24. "When the flu vaccine becomes available, make sure you get vaccinated so that you could at least blunt the effect of one of those two potential respiratory infections." The CDC advises that September and October are good times to get the flu shot.
Universal Mask Wearing Is Essential
"There should be universal wearing of masks," Fauci told ABC News on Aug. 10 after seeing images of crowded school reopenings. "There should be the extent possible social distancing, avoiding crowds. Outdoors [is] always better than indoors and [you should] be in a situation where you continually have the capability of washing your hands and cleaning up with sanitizers."
Avoid Crowds, Particularly In Bars
"Stay away from bars," Fauci said bluntly in an interview with Reuters on Aug. 4. "That's a big spreader of infection."
Exercise School Plans With Care
Fauci says he believes that children should attend in-person classes this fall. However: "The primary consideration should always be the safety, the health and the welfare of the children, as well as the teachers and the secondary effects for parents and other family members," he said.
If there is a high rate of infection in your area, you may need to "pull back" on school plans, Fauci added. "You need to be very flexible."
Don't Think Of Coronavirus As Political
"Anybody who says we're not living in a divisive era in our country is not paying attention to what's going on in our country," said Fauci in an online Q&A with Brown University on Aug. 7. "Instead of saying, 'Let's utilize the public health principles as a vehicle to opening up the country,' it was as if there's public health principles, and then there's 'open up the country,' and they're not synergistic with each other."
"We really need to get that point across that one is not the enemy of the other—one is a gateway to get to the other," said Fauci. "If we can somehow get the country unified to do that together, I don't think we need to go into the fall and the winter thinking we're going to have a catastrophe. We could go into the fall and the winter looking good if we do certain things." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.