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You Can Catch COVID From These "Unexpected" Places, Fauci Warns

Don’t let your guard down in these situations, he warns.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage out of control, with nearly 3,000 deaths per day projected in January. As the outlook is grim, despite a COVID vaccine arriving any day (for those who get high priority), taking COVID-19 prevention measures has never been more important. In a new virtual Q&A on the future of health care at Milken Institute with Norah O'Donnell of CBS News, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, revealed where and how the virus is being unexpectedly spread. 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

You Don't Want to Do These Things, Asking "For Trouble," Says Fauci

"The one thing we're all aware of that there certainly is COVID-19 fatigue," Fauci admitted. "People are worn out of being shut down and not allowed to do the things that they really would enjoy doing, particularly during the holiday season. But you don't have to shut down the entire country or shut down the economy. You can do some things that would allow you to keep the children in school, to keep shops and commercial venues open."

However, he added that "you don't want to do things that are asking for trouble." 

"Those are the things that we know so well, the congregating in crowded places with no masks such as in bars, and parties that are indoor with no good ventilation, those are the things that drive it," he continued. 

However, the primary method of spreading the virus isn't from stranger-to-stranger. 

"In addition, what we're seeing now, which was a bit unexpected, but true is that even modest size gatherings of family and friends in a home with obviously the indoor constraints of not getting good ventilation, we're starting to see infections that are reemerging from what otherwise seemed like benign settings, namely, a typical gathering of 10 or so people in a social setting," he revealed. "Gotta be very careful about that now over the next few weeks."

This is why, for the first time in more than 30 years, Fauci isn't going to be spending the Christmas holidays with his three daughters. 

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Spend Christmas Only With Those You Shelter With

Later on in the interview, Fauci revealed that current projection models are based on the assumption that people are going to be traveling and spending time with family and friends outside of their household. However, "we don't need to accept" it and "can change the assumptions that are put into the model."

"We can do things like, although it is painful, inconvenient and sad, we can double down on blunting some of that by avoiding some of the things as, as warm and pleasant as they are during the holiday season, to do much less of that in trying to keep the gatherings to people within the immediate household," he stated.

If you do invite other people into your home, "be very careful" he warned. "Hopefully they may have been tested, so you know that very recently there were negative, or they have their own bubble where they're very, very careful in themselves protecting themselves so that when you get together is much less of a risk in someone who just gets from an airport or a train station, gets in an Uber, but comes to your house, sits down. And then you have a social setting. You have no idea who they were exposed to. Those are the things you avoid."

So avoid those, 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.

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more