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Dr. Fauci Said This is Where You Might Catch Corona

“Many of the infections today are in innocent family and friend dinner gatherings at home.”
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With coronavirus cases rising to record levels—and hospitals in some states overflowing—Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and member of the coronavirus task force, has been clear: We are a nation in crisis. And saving lives is in your (frequently washed) hands. When asked—in an interview with the USA TODAY Editorial Board—why the virus is spreading so quickly, Fauci gave an answer that could keep you alive. Read on to hear more, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Said Where Many Infections are Occurring Today

"Many of the infections today are in innocent family and friend dinner gatherings at home because of the almost intuitive instinct that, when you're with family and friends and nobody appears to be physically ill, it's OK to congregate 10 or 12 people for drinks or for a meal or what have you," he said. "But it's indoors because the weather is cold. That's where we're seeing these types of outbreaks. As we get into the colder weather, we should really think twice about these kinds of dinner parties."

The Board brought up Thanksgiving; Fauci has previously said his daughters won't be celebrating with him, one reason being he is "elderly."

"With Thanksgiving next week, people have to reevaluate and take a risk-benefit assessment for their own individual family unit as to whether they want to have a big family gathering now, particularly as cases are surging in almost every single part of the country," said Fauci. That goes for air travel, too. "Even though in general, planes can be safe, it's not totally safe, just like anywhere when you're out in the environment with people. (You have to consider) whether or not in your family you have a situation where you have elderly people or people who have underlying conditions that would put them at a higher risk of a serious outcome. That should determine what your decision is about the risk you're willing to take. The risk of not traveling is less than the risk of traveling. We don't quantify that. We don't know exactly how much that is. So you've got to decide during this period of a lot of infection going on … do you want to travel and go to a Thanksgiving meal where there may be 12, 15, 20 people?"

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How to Survive the Pandemic—and Stop Infections From Spreading

No matter where you live, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place, and "hang on" until there's a vaccine available: 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, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.