Stop Doing This Immediately, CDC Warns
Coronavirus cases are dropping, which is exactly why you should be more careful than ever, warns Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We want them to stay low. The doctor spoke at the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing yesterday, and addressed the threat of the new, more transmissible, and possibly more lethal COVID-19 mutations. "I know these variants are concerning, especially as we're seeing signs of progress," said Dr. Walensky. "I'm talking about them today because I am concerned too." Read on to see what the CDC says you should stop doing immediately—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Stop Wearing a Mask That Only Has One Layer
"Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others' out," says the CDC. "A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick." If you're wearing a cloth mask, for example, "Look for a cloth mask that is made of multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric," and "make sure your cloth mask blocks light from coming through the fabric if held up to a bright light source."
Stop Wearing a Poorly Fitted Mask
Protecting yourself "includes wearing a well-fitting mask that completely covers your nose and mouth," said Walensky. The CDC clarifies: "Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask."
Stop Traveling Now
"I want to emphasize that now is not a good time to be traveling, period, internationally or domestically," said Dr. Walensky has said. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the same goes even if you've been vaccinated. "Getting vaccinated does not say you have a free pass to travel," said Dr. Fauci. "Nor does it say you have a free pass to put aside all the public health measures that we talk about all the time." "You can get some degree of protection that isn't durable 10 days to 14 days after the first dose, but you can't rely on that," said Dr. Fauci. "The maximum immunity begins about 10 days to two weeks and beyond following the second dose. That goes for anyone, regardless of whether you want to travel or not."
Stop Hanging too Close to Those Who Don't Live With You
Dr. Walensky urges you to practice "social distancing when around others who don't live with you," along with "avoiding travel, crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, washing your hands often, and getting vaccinated with the vaccine is available to you. It is more important than ever for us to do everything we can to decrease the spread in our communities by increasing our proven measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19. Fewer cases means fewer opportunities for the variant to spread and fewer opportunities for new variants to emerge."
How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic
Follow the CDC's 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, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.