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Dr. Fauci Says "Don't Touch" This to Avoid COVID

His advice may surprise you. 
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
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Over the last year we have learned that COVID-19 is primarily spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infectious person talks, sneezes, or sings. It can also be spread when those tiny droplets contaminate surfaces — elevator buttons, stair rails, ATM machines, credit card terminals, and other people's hands to name a few. Obviously, you can't avoid touching shared surfaces altogether, even when you are in the comfort of your own home. However, in order to protect yourself from becoming infected with the virus there is one thing you should avoid touching, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert. Read on to hear his warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Don't Touch Your Face, Says Fauci

During a conversation with 94.7 The Wave's Maggie McKay, Dr. Fauci revealed that touching your face is "for sure" a no-no. He also offered some other suggestions on how to save yourself from an infection that might surprise you. 

When asked if it was crucial to "wash off every single thing" before making contact, Fauci actually said no. 

"It's probably better to just wash your hands frequently, cause when people start feeling that they need to wipe everything down multiple times — there's nothing wrong with that. I mean, you might want to get some wipes and put it on a doorknob or something like that — but to compulsively feel you can't touch something unless you wipe it down would probably create more stress than it would real protection," he pointed out. 

Instead, he urges the importance of practicing hand hygiene. "What we tend to do is to tell people to really just wash your hands as frequently as you possibly can," he said. 

Other ways to stay safe and slow the spread? "We know from other countries, and even from our own states and cities, those places that have mitigated by simple public health means: universal wearing of masks, avoiding direct contact and keeping distance, avoiding crowds in congregate settings, washing hands," he revealed.

He also added that doing "seemingly normal, fun, social things like gatherings of 10 or more people," were also sure-fire ways to spread the virus. "That's where you get the transmission and the acquisition." 

But despite all of his warnings and those from other health organizations, including the CDC and WHO, there are lots of people who refuse to make sacrifices for the common good. "As often as we say that, so many people don't hear that and that's the reason why we're having those startling numbers that we see every single day. If we just did the simple things, we could turn it around. It's not beyond our capability of turning it around," he said. 

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How to Survive This Pandemic

As for yourself, follow his fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene 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.