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Dr. Fauci Says Here's How to Avoid Death During the Pandemic

“Their mask protects you and your mask also protects you,” said Fauci.
A young woman is wearing face mask on the street

During a week in which President-elect Joe Biden implored all Americans to wear a mask, and governors in states like Utah and Massachusetts have ordered statewide mask mandates, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, offered one more reason to wear your face mask."The recent study has just come out literally within the next, the last day or so, that has examined all of the data on masks," he said to host Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, excitedly. Read on to discover what it revealed, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci Described the Newly Proven "Added Benefit" of Face Masks

Dr. Fauci was over the moon about this new study. "I mean, obviously— if you put a mask on, you prevent the exhaling of droplets that would infect others," he said. "So it's very clear that you are protecting someone and their mask is protecting you." So what's the new news? "Recent data has now shown the added benefit [is that the mask protects] you from droplets and virus that's coming your way. So it's a two-way street in that the benefit of masks, right now, as people examine more and more of the data, it's very clear that it is very helpful."

Dr. Fauci considers the mask an important tool along with his other fundamentals. "That's the reason why whenever you get the cascade of four or five things that we talk about that we need to do even more so as we get into the cooler months—wearing of mask, keeping physical distance, avoiding crowds, doing things to the extent that you can with the weather, more outdoor than indoor, as well as washing hands—if we just did that consistently as a nation, not some doing it, others not, we will be much better off you put that together with the vaccine."

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The Life Saving Benefit "Cannot Be Overstated"

Fauci's excitement comes on the heels of a study that showed  face masks, when worn outside of the home, could save more than 100,000 lives. "The potential life-saving benefit of increasing mask use in the coming fall and winter cannot be overstated," wrote the team from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

"If Americans would stop complaining about face masks and wear them when they leave their homes, they could save well over 100,000 lives — and perhaps more than half a million — through the end of February, according to a study published Friday in Nature Medicine," reports the Los Angeles Times of that study. "The researchers considered five scenarios for how the COVID-19 pandemic could play out with different levels of mask-wearing and rules about staying home and social distancing. All the scenarios assumed that no vaccine was available, nor any medicines capable of curing the disease. Consistently, the most effective — not to mention cheapest and easiest — way to reduce deaths was to increase the number of people wearing masks."

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Here's How to Avoid Death During the Pandemic

"Their mask protects you and your mask also protects you," Fauci summed up.

Nothing is guaranteed to prevent you from getting the virus, but follow Fauci's fundamentals:

• Wear your face mask

• get tested if you think you have coronavirus

• avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties and family gatherings)

• practice social distancing

• only run essential errands

• wash your hands regularly

• disinfect frequently touched surfaces

• remember it's always safer outside than inside

and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.