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Dr. Fauci Says This is "Proven" to Stop COVID

“If we do five fundamental simple as they sound, can certainly turn around the spikes,” says Fauci.
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Doctor Anthony Fauci

We are nearing more than 400,000 deaths from coronavirus in America. Numbers like that are "a problem," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS. "There's no doubt about it. You can't run away from that, but that doesn't mean you give up," he says, "you've got to keep hammering out the correct public health message. If we do five fundamental things…as simple as they sound, they can certainly turn around the spikes that we see and can prevent new spikes from occurring. We know that because our experience has proven to us that that is the case." Read on for the techniques Fauci says are proven to stop COVID—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Dr. Fauci Says We Need the "Universal Wearing of Masks"

Young caucasian woman wearing surgical gloves putting face mask on, protection from spread of Coronavirus

Incoming President Joseph Biden will ask all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his presidency. "He just wants to get — and it's a good idea — uniform," Fauci told the Today Show. "He's saying, 'Hey, folks, trust me. Everybody for 100 days.' Now, it might be that after that, we still are going to need it. But he just wants it, everybody for a commitment for 100 days. And I discussed that with him, and I told him I thought that was a good idea."


Dr. Fauci Says You Must "Maintain Physical Distance"

You must keep social distancing and wearing masks even after being vaccinated. "Obviously, with a 90-plus percent effective vaccine, you could feel much more confident" that you won't get COVID-19, Fauci told CNN. "But I would recommend to people to not abandon all public health measures just because you have been vaccinated….even though, for the general population, it might be 90 to 95% effective," said Fauci, "you don't necessarily know, for you, how effective it is." 


Dr. Fauci Says "Avoiding Congregate Settings or Crowds" is Essential

Friends at an evening dinner party.

"Any crowd, whether it's a protest, any crowd when you have people close together without masks is a risk," Fauci said last year. The same goes for families or friends congregating indoors for family meals; if you don't shelter with the person, don't have them over, or go there.


Dr. Fauci Says Do "Things More Outdoors, as Opposed to Indoors"

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"I would get as much outdoors as you possibly can," Fauci told the Washington Post. "If you look at the super spreader events that have occurred, I think it's incorrect to call people super spreaders. The event is super spread. They're almost always inside super spreader events—in nursing homes, meat-packing, prisons, choirs in churches, congregations of weddings and other social events where people get together. It's almost invariable. Nothing's 100%, but it's almost invariable that it's indoors. So when you are indoors, make sure you have a mask when you're outdoors, keep the mask on."

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Wash Your Hands Frequently

Woman Washing her hands with soap and water at home bathroom

"Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next," says the CDC. "Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:

  • Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands
  • Touch a contaminated surface or objects
  • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people's hands or common objects."


How to Survive This Pandemic

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"Those simple things" really do work, says Dr. Fauci. 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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more