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Dr. Fauci Reveals "Best Way" to Avoid COVID

We need to “double down on the public health measures that we've been talking about,” he says.
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There is a new, more transmissible COVID in America, and it’s part of the reason death tolls are hurtling past 400,000. “We're taking it really very seriously,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said of the new variant. Although it may not make you more sick, it will make more people sick, Fauci warned Sunday on Meet the Press: “The more cases you have, the more hospitalizations are going to happen. The more hospitalizations you have, the more deaths you're going to have.” That’s why we need to “double down,” he told host Chuck Todd, on these key ways to avoid COVID-19. Read on to see what they are—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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Dr. Fauci Says the Easiest Way to Avoid COVID is to Get Vaccinated ASAP

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“The easiest way to evade this negative effect of these new isolates is to just when the vaccine becomes available, people should get vaccinated,” says Dr. Fauci. “Boy, if ever there was a clarion call for people to put aside vaccine hesitancy. If we can get the overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated, we'd be in very good shape and could beat even the mutant.” Keep reading for four more essential tips from Fauci.

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Dr. Fauci Says Everyone Must Wear a Mask

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A mask protects you from getting COVID-19 and also from spreading COVID-19, according to the CDC. Joe Biden will ask every American to wear a mask at least during the first 100 days of his presidency, which starts January 20th. “Be very compulsive, as the President-elect says, at least for the first hundred days, and maybe more—everybody wear a mask,” Fauci told Todd.

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Dr. Fauci Says “Keep the Distance”

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You’ll still need to stay six feet away from others, even as the vaccine is rolled out. “The vaccine availability will go a giant step to controlling the infection, but you’re not going to completely eradicate it or eliminate it,” Fauci has said. “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus." The CDC and WHO recommend following these precautions: Keep 6 feet (2 meters) of distance between yourself and people outside your household.”

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Dr. Fauci Says “Avoid the Congregate Settings”

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The virus does not spread on its own. It needs humans to infect. That’s why group settings are so dangerous, be they in a bar (“Avoid bars,” Fauci has said) or in your own home, where you’re hosting people you don’t shelter with. Gatherings like that—over the holidays—are fueling the current surge. "I can just say, it doesn't matter who you are, where you are—when you have congregate settings, particularly indoors, when people are not wearing masks, that is a considerable risk for acquisition and spread of infection. No matter what the circumstance is, that is a risk,” Fauci told ABC News.

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Dr. Fauci Has Said Don’t Slack on Washing Your Hands

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Every expert agrees: “Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol,” according to the Mayo Clinic. So please do that, 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.