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Health Secretary Warning: Do This, or Face Another Surge

“Masks are important,” says Azar. Period.
Alex Azar

During a time in which everything about the coronavirus is politicized, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar went on the Today Show to discuss, in part, President Trump's response to the pandemic. Although he was protective of the man who appointed him, and dodged questions about misinformation coming from the White House, what you're about to read is his advice that should be followed no matter your political leanings: about how to survive this pandemic, and make sure your neighbor, brother, mother, father or children do, too. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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He Said You Need to Practice the Three "Ws"

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"Masks are important," says Azar. "Practice the three Ws: wash your hands, watch your distance, wear your face coverings when you can't social distance and stay out of settings where you can't do those things." Despite President Trump saying masks are problematic, Azar reiterated: "Our public health guidance is clear and unambiguous: wash your hands, watch your distance, wear your face coverings when you can be socially distant."

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He Begged You Get Your Flu Shot

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"The other thing that's real, that's really important. If I could just ask, please get your flu vaccine this year. We have plenty of flu vaccine. We want you as healthy as possible as we go into flu season," he said.

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He Said We're in an Ongoing Pandemic and Need to Act Like It

"We're in an enduring pandemic and what's really important is that we not let down our guard as individuals," Azar said. "Because we saw that in the South and Southeast that, when we, after Memorial Day week, we saw a consistent uptick in cases, regardless of when States had reopened or even if they had reopened, it was because of individual behaviors. We've all got to be vigilant because we're in a bridge period."

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He Said the Vaccine Would be Safe—and He'd be First in Line

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"I want to reassure you and the American people, politics will play no role whatsoever in the approval of a vaccine," he promised. "There are many independent checks in the system that we have built in first, there's an independent data and safety monitoring board that will determine, even if we see data out of these trials, according to pre-specified statistical plans, then the drug companies will decide if the data meet their standards because they have their own ethical obligations….Everything's going to be by science data…I will be first in line to get a vaccine." 

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How to Avoid COVID-19

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On this, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, and the White House appear to agree for once: Until the vaccine is approved and everyone has taken it, practice the three Ws, and make sure you avoid these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.