Two Things Dr. Fauci Won't Do Right Now
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, with many states experiencing record breaking infections, hospitalizations, and even deaths, many people are concerned about the safety of everything from the reopening of schools to going to the grocery store. Sure, health experts have ranked pretty much every daily activity by how safe they are, but if you are wondering what places the nation's top infectious disease expert is avoiding, then consider it your lucky day. In a new interview with MarketWatch, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed two things he won't do right now.
"I'm Very Sequestered"
According to Dr. Fauci, one thing he refuses to do is go to restaurants and bars. "I am not going to restaurants right now," he confirmed. If you do decide to dine out, he points out that you should be cautious about where you sit and the space between yourself and others. "Try as best as you can to have outdoor seating that is properly spaced between the tables," he added. "Indoors is much worse than outdoors."
Additionally, the member of the Coronavirus Task Force is avoiding flying the friendly skies for the following reason: "I am in a risk category. I don't like to admit it, but I'm 79 years old. I can't think of a reason to go trans-Atlantic," he confessed.
"Right now, I'm very sequestered. I'm on a coronavirus task force. I go to the White House almost every day. I spend half a day in my office trying to develop a vaccine and drugs for COVID-19, and that's really what I need to do. I don't fancy seeing myself getting infected, which is a risk when you're getting on a plane, particularly with the amount of infection that's going on right now."
"Simple Tools," "Major Impact"
But whatever you decide to do, Dr. Fauci offers "three or four or five very simple tools that could have a major impact on turning around the outbreak."
"Wearing a mask is definitely one of them, as is physical distancing, as is avoiding crowds, as is closing bars, as is washing your hands," he explains. "I'm pleading with people to consider doing this consistently because, you're right, if half of people don't do it, it kind of negates the overall purpose."
Follow Dr. Fauci's advice: To stay healthy, wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have COVID-19, 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 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.