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Dr. Fauci Says You No Longer Have to Do This Anymore

This COVID rule is no longer applicable.

At the start of the pandemic, health experts were still in the process of learning about COVID-19, including the most common methods of transmission, who is considered high risk, and even how to treat those infected with the virus. One year later, the virus is more thoroughly understood, and therefore, many of the recommendations offered then are no longer relevant. On Tuesday night Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke at the National Congress of American Indians Executive Council and revealed one major rule that has changed. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says No Need to Wash Cardboard—But Please Wash Your Hands After Handling It

Initially, health experts believed that COVID-19 could be spread via infected droplets landing on surfaces—such as countertops, plastic, metal, and even cardboard and paper. Therefore, they encouraged people to wipe down and sanitize surfaces regularly. Some people even avoided touching packages and mail for a few days. However, according to Dr. Fauci, there isn't a need for this any more. "The overwhelming transmissibility occurs through droplets in the air and not on cardboard boxes that get sent anywhere to you," he confirmed. 

While you may be safe touching these items, hand hygiene is still important. "The best way to avoid any problem is to wash your hands as frequently as you can. And it could be cold water. It doesn't have to be warm water. And even if you don't have the availability nearby of water, then try to get, and I don't know how easy that would be for you to try to get some of these alcohol sanitizers and put them in appropriate places where people can just quickly give a spurt like that go like that. And if you don't have accessibility of water nearby something as easy as that, will get your hands sanitized appropriately."

Earlier this year the FDA also confirmed that the virus isn't usually spread this way. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to underscore that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging associated with or as a likely source of viral transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing COVID-19," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of food and drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, 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.