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If Someone Has Done This, Don't Let Them Inside, Warns Dr. Fauci

“It's the people who might be coming in from out of town,” warns the top doctor.
Woman at home opening the door wearing a facemask to avoid the coronavirus.

The first-ever Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was administered today in the United Kingdom, in a landmark moment for humanity and science, offering a "light at the end of the tunnel." However, it will be many months before you can consider yourself safe. The vaccine has yet to be approved here in America, and even then, will only be administered to high-priority candidates before the end of the year. How to stay happy and healthy until the disease is no longer contagious for you? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is here with an idea—and a warning. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

You Don't Want Someone Coming Into Your Home After Travelling

At a press conference yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked Fauci about New York's emergency rule about public gatherings. "Indoor and outdoor gatherings statewide at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people," says the rule, implemented in November.

"Ten may even be a bit too much," Fauci replied. "It's not only the number, it's the people who might be coming in from out of town. You want to make sure you don't have people who just got off a plane or a train. That's even more risky than the absolute number."

Dr. Fauci said something similar in a virtual Q&A on the future of health care at Milken Institute with Norah O'Donnell of ABC News.

"What we're seeing now, which was a bit unexpected, but true is that even modest size gatherings of family and friends in a home with obviously the indoor constraints of not getting good ventilation, we're starting to see infections that are reemerging from what otherwise seemed like benign settings, namely, a typical gathering of 10 or so people in a social setting," he revealed. "Gotta be very careful about that now over the next few weeks."

"As warm and pleasant as they are during the holiday season, [try] to keep the gatherings to people within the immediate household," Fauci continued. "And if you have other people come in, be very careful. Hopefully they may have been tested. So you know, that very recently there were negative or they have their own bubble where they're very, very careful in themselves, protecting themselves so that when you get together is much less of a risk [than when] someone who just gets from an airport or a train station gets in an Uber, but comes to your house, sits down. And then you have a social setting. You have no idea who they were exposed to. Those are the things you avoid."

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The CDC Also Says to Limit Your Gatherings

The CDC has been firm in its stance about indoor gatherings. "The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe," they write. "Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread. Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit (such as your house or apartment). This can include family members, as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you. People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk."

"These considerations," they add, "are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which all gatherings must comply."

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How to Avoid Catching COVID-19 This Month

All of the above is why, for the first time in more than 30 years, Fauci isn't going to be spending the Christmas holidays with his three daughters. Nor will he be with them in person on his 80th birthday Christmas eve. "We're going to have a Zoom celebration with my wife and I in my house, and my children scattered throughout the country," he told O'Donnell.

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 (anywhere), 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.