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Dr. Fauci Just Said When It's Not OK to Remove Your Mask

Yes, you can catch COVID even in your own house.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony S. Fauci attends a coronavirus update briefing Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

While the majority of the country is masking up whenever they are in a public place, many consider the comfort of their home a safe haven in regards to COVID-19. However, according to health experts, small household gatherings are becoming increasingly responsible for the spread of the virus. And, with the holidays quickly approaching, unless preventative measures are taken things could go from bad to worse.

During an interview with CBS This Morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, revealed that in order to stay safe, you need to wear your mask whenever you are around other people—even at home. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci Says You Should Wear a Mask at Home With Guests

"Yes, it is true," he responded when asked if it was necessary to mask up at your own house during a small gathering. "Now, obviously it's kind of difficult to be eating and drinking at a dinner with a mask on you can't do that. But to the extent that you can keep that mask on, I mean, nothing is going to be perfect in this, but if you are indoors and gathering with people, even if it's a relatively small group, to the extent possible, keep the mask on," he said. "Even if you are indoors."

The only situation in which it would be remotely safe to let your guard down, is if everyone gets tested prior to the event. He explains that if everyone in the group tests negative, "then the risk goes way down and then you make a risk assessment." 

However, even if everyone tests negative there is still risk involved. "We always talk about things and nothing is risk-free," he explains. But when you do a risk benefit ratio and you say to yourself, 'Now, wait a minute. I just got tested. My husband or wife just got tested. Our children are coming in. They just got tested.' Of course, it's not a hundred percent that they could have gotten infected from the time they got tested to the time they got there. But when you get that degree of minimization of risk, then you really use some common sense and say, 'You know, I'm willing to take that very, very small risk, so I don't have to be walking around the house with a mask.'

He explains that the idea of wearing a mask indoors is really limited to "when you get into a setting where you're really unsure what the status of people are," however, "when families go the extra mile of either quarantining or getting tested, then I don't think you really have to say every moment you're in the house, you have to have a mask."

He explains that it all boils down to using "common sense" to assess the relative risk, "because the relative risk is going to go way down if everyone's been tested or people have been quarantined. So it's just really common sense in that regard."

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How to Avoid Death During the Pandemic

As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: 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 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.