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I'm a Doctor and Beg You Read This Before Your Next Breath

Here’s the bottom line: Don’t share your air.

The coronavirus pandemic has been with us for more than a year already and is will be around at least until a vaccine has helped us achieve herd immunity. As a doctor, I have seen the pandemic response, across the nations, include several red flags were missed by health officials, so what can we learn from those mistakes? Especially since we have, as Dr. Anthony Fauci has said, a "a very high baseline level of infections"—what can you do, to keep yourself safe? Read on for the four words that could save your life, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.


You Don't Want to Share Your Air Right Now

Ill woman lying in bed looking at thermometer suffering from seasonal flu and infectious disease

The pandemic response has been somewhat confusing, since the CDC and WHO agreed too late that people should wear masks to help prevent transmission of the deadly virus. That should have happened as soon as the disease left Wuhan and crossed the international borders. Unfortunately, that occurred over 30 days after the WHO declared the Coronavirus-2019 to be a global pandemic.

When infected, patients see a wide variety of symptoms, and in some cases, we now know that they can linger for months—this is called Post-COVID Syndrome. So, it is different than the flu and the common cold. The fall and winter season has also brought seasonal influenza—and a major COVID surge. And now, in Spring, cases are no longer going down—in some cities, they are going up! You don't want to be sharing your air with anyone else but those in your household. 


Wearing a Mask is a Must, Even After Vaccination When Out of the Home

Group of happy friends having a lunch in a tavern.

It is important to remember that this virus rapidly spread from a single city to the entire world. Although we still do not fully understand how this came about, we now know for sure what works to contain the spread. The disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is massively spread through human-to-human transmission. That means people are infecting other people—wearing a mask helps prevent that from happening. 

The public has been confused because of the lack of coordination between agencies, states, counties, and cities, and some people are rightfully upset over the lack of clear messaging. But make no mistake, wearing masks worked. Examples of this are how Singapore, South Korea, and New Zealand have handled this public health crisis. 


Social Distancing Keep Us Safe

Woman and man in social distancing sitting on bench in park

Studies have shown that early stay-at-home orders contained COVID-19 the best, and the number one reason for that is because people were not sharing the air they were respiration with strangers.

Thank goodness Americans initiated, on their own, and maintained physical distancing. A study published last year included robust evidence for how physical distancing, and not sharing your air with other people have helped to prevent and slow the spreading of the coronavirus.


These Four Words Could Save Your Life

Female Wearing Face Mask and Social Distancing

Avoid indoor areas, all crowds, and wear your face mask. The number one mistake you can make is not wearing a mask. Here's the bottom line: Don't share your air. Those four words could save your life. Wear a mask. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leo Nissola, MD
Leo Nissola, M.D. is an award-winning immunologist and scientist. Follow him on Instagram @DoctorLeo and on Twitter @LeoNissolaMD. Read more about Leo