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Dr. Fauci Says This "Actually Works" to Stop COVID

There are a few easy ways to keep coronavirus at bay.
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Doctor Anthony Fauci

Over the last several months, health experts have been warning that the COVID-19 pandemic could spiral out of control during the winter months. On Tuesday, their worst predictions came true when the US reported its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths with more than 4,320 fatalities attributed to the virus. At the Futures Forum on Preparedness hosted by Schmidt Futures and Social Science Research Council, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discussed our current predicament with former first daughter Barbara Bush. He revealed the handful of things that are actually effective in preventing the spread of the deadly virus. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Keep Reading Because Things Are "Getting Worse"

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"We're in a very difficult situation," Fauci admitted, pointing out that hospitals are over capacity in parts of the country. "It is getting worse." He added that things could turn around soon, however. "I hope that as we get towards the end of January, that we'll see a peaking in a turning around, particularly if people hang in there and don't get discouraged by COVID-19 fatigue and let down on their public health measures" he said. According to Dr. Fauci there are a few proven strategies, backed by science, that will effectively slow the spread. "If we don't do that, it could be even worse than what we're seeing right now," he said. 

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You Have to Wear a Mask

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One of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others is to mask up when you are around other people. "CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people," they explain on their website. Not every mask is effective however. They suggest choosing masks that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric, completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.

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You Have to Physically Distance

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Social distancing is also crucial in protecting yourself and others. "To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces," the CDC suggests. 

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You Have to Avoid Congregate Settings

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Any time people from various households congregate together, there is an increased risk of infection. "The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19," the CDC explains. Dr. Fauci has repeatedly warned that congregate settings, especially those that are indoors such as religious services, family gatherings, or other functions, have super spreader potential. 

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You Have to Wash Your Hands

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Practicing hand hygiene, which includes both washing with soap and water and sanitizing hands, has been recommended since the start of the pandemic. "Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick," says the CDC. 

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How to Survive This Pandemic

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As for yourself, 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.