Dr. Fauci Says "Make Sure" You Do This Now
Now that COVID-19 has mutated and new, more transmissible variants—which may or may not be covered by the new COVID-19 vaccines—are spreading around the world, slowing the spread of the virus is more crucial than ever. In a new interview with NBCLX, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed a few things you need to do now to stop the spread of the newest variants. "The bottom line, the mutations have occurred. We should take them very seriously," he stated. Read on to find out what you MUST do to stay safe—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Get Vaccinated, Says Dr. Fauci
Even if the COVID-19 vaccine doesn't protect against all the variants, it is just as crucial to get vaccinated when it's your turn. "What you don't want to do is throw your hands up and say, wait a minute, if it looks like it's negatively impacting the vaccine, why are we even vaccinating people? It's actually the opposite," Dr. Fauci said. "If you don't want the virus to evolve even more, what you want to do is you want to prevent the replication of the virus. And the easiest way to do that is to get as many people vaccinated as you possibly can. So seemingly almost paradoxically, this is a reason to really sit up and really make sure we get as many people vaccinated as possible."
Wear a Mask, Says Dr. Fauci
Fauci also points out that we need to "double down on our public health measures to prevent transmission." The first? The "uniform wearing of masks." Fauci has repeatedly pointed out that it isn't enough for some of the country to wear masks—it needs to be done uniformly across the country.
Social Distance, Says Dr. Fauci
Fauci also points out that "avoiding close contact" with others is still just as important—even if you have been vaccinated. Why? It is still unclear whether individuals who have been vaccinated and remain asymptomatic can still shed the virus, spreading it to others.
Avoid Congregate Settings, Says Dr. Fauci
Since the virus is generally spread by asymptomatic people, congregate settings involving various people from different households have the potential to rapidly spread the virus.
Go Outdoors Over Indoors, Says Dr. Fauci
Fauci points out that any time a group of people is together, indoor type situations are particularly risky. This has to do with lack of circulation in indoor settings, which makes it easier for infected particles to spread from one person to another.
Practice Good Hand Hygiene, Says Dr. Fauci
"Washing your hands as much as you possibly can," is Fauci's final suggestion. Since the start of the pandemic the CDC has recommended regular hand washing as well as sanitizing, as both can effectively kill the virus if you come into contact with it.
Do Your Part
So follow Fauci'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.