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Dr. Fauci Says Most People Did This Before Catching COVID-19

“Do not gather with people who do not live with you at this time,” advise experts.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Doctor Anthony Fauci

The coronavirus cannot thrive unless it spreads. And it cannot spread without people to jump into. That's why Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been warning against gatherings during most of this pandemic—gathering is what most people do before catching COVID-19. Whether it's with one person or 20— "It's not only the number, it's the people who might be coming in from out of town," he warns. "You want to make sure you don't have people who just got off a plane or a train. That's even more risky than the absolute number." Read on to see how you can stay safe—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says Most People Catch COVID From Gatherings With Other People

Dr. Fauci's advice is to shelter at home with people you live with. He invites very few guests into his home. "I'm still keeping what happens in my home, very restricted to my wife and I," he revealed to Washington, D.C.'s NBC station last week. "If we have someone in the house that would be a non-occupant of the house, it's somebody that we know has either been vaccinated or tests themselves very, very frequently. So we're still very careful."

The CDC agrees. "To decrease your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, CDC recommends that you do not gather with people who do not live with you at this time. Attending events and gatherings increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19." They also put it this way: "Avoid crowds."

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Dr. Fauci Has Warned of Gatherings Before

Every time there's a major American holiday or communal tradition, Fauci has raised the alarm. "Every time we do have something like this, there always is a spike, be it a holiday, Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving," Fauci told Savannah Guthrie on Today during Super Bowl week. "Enjoy the game, watch it on television, but do it with the immediate members of your family, the people in your household. As much fun as it is to get together in a big Super Bowl party, now is not the time to do that. Watch the game and enjoy it, but do it with your family or with people that are in your household."

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

With new mutations threatening to cause a spike in cases, Dr. Fauci says now is the time to stay cautious. "One, continue to double down on the public health measures to prevent spread from person to person, and get as many people vaccinated as you possibly can," Fauci told Today. "The more people that are protected for infection, the less opportunity you give the virus to mutate. It can't mutate if it doesn't replicate, so the more you suppress it, the less it does."

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, 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.