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Dr. Fauci Just Said You Can Stop Doing This Now

This time-consuming practice isn’t necessary, he says.
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Early in the pandemic, before we know everything we do now about COVID-19, health experts suggested taking many precautions in order to avoid becoming infected with the virus. Some of them — like practicing diligent hand hygiene and wearing a protective face covering — are still considered essential when running essential errands, like grocery shopping. However, there is one practice that has become obsolete now that we have information about the transmissible virus, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. During an interview with Los Angeles radio station 94.7 The Wave, he revealed one precautionary measure you probably don't need to take. Read on to hear his advice, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Focus on Washing Your Hands

Dr. Fauci revealed that while it doesn't hurt to wipe every single thing down — like your groceries or other objects — it isn't necessary. 

"When people start feeling that they need to wipe things down multiple times, there's nothing wrong with that. You might want to get some wipes and put them on the doorknob or something like that," he said. 

"But to compulsively feel like you can't touch something unless you wipe it down would probably create more stress than it would real protection." 

Instead of focusing on disinfecting objects, he suggests shifting your energy on yourself. 

"What we tend to do is to tell people to really just wash your hands as frequently as you possibly can," he said. "… And wear a mask."

Earlier this year he revealed that when he brings bags into the house, "Instead of worrying about the bag, I'll open the bag, and then I'll just wash my hands thoroughly, which is what you should do."

"If you look at the transmissibility, the epidemiology that we have a lot of experience with now, that is very likely a very, very minor, minor aspect of transmissibility. We can't say it's zero, it certainly is real and is finite, but it's minus," Fauci said.

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How to Survive This Pandemic

As for yourself, follow his 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 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.