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Dr. Fauci Says This "Fun" Activity Could Get You COVID

Making a small sacrifice could save lives.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Dr. Anthony Fauci

As the cases of COVID-19 continue to surge around the country, with the number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths breaking records on a daily basis, it is becoming increasingly more important to slow the spread of the virus. And, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, there is one activity that is responsible for the explosion of cases this winter. 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

You Can Do Something to End the Suffering. For One, Avoid Family Gatherings.

"We are in such a precarious situation right now," Dr. Fauci said during a conversation with 94.7 The Wave's Maggie McKay. "If you just look at the numbers, after you see the numbers every day, it becomes numbing, but those numbers represent real people — people who are getting sick, people who are suffering and people who are dying."

Dr. Fauci went over the latest statistics — 280,000-plus deaths, 14-15 million infections with 100,000-200,000 added every day, "well over 100,000 hospitalizations," and 2,000-3,000 daily fatalities. "Those numbers are shocking," he stated, adding that "the frustrating thing about it is that we're not helpless in this regard." 

"We can do something about it," he pointed out. "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 continued. 

So what activity is primarily responsible for spreading the virus? Doing "seemingly normal, fun, social things like gatherings of 10 or more people," he revealed. "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, do your part in slowing the spread by following his fundamentals. 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.