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7 Things Dr. Fauci Says to Never Do Now

Don’t gather with family, hang out in bars or hit the gym, among other no-nos.
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On the same day good news broke about the Moderna vaccine—it will be administered as soon as next week—3,600 people died of coronavirus and 247,000 tested positive, more than in any single day…with no immediate end in sight. "We're sitting here talking about vaccines, which is such a positive thing, but all of this is sort of bittersweet," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told the Today Show on Friday. "As we're moving ahead with what will ultimately be the answer and the final solution to this, we're living through very, very difficult times." Read on to his thoughts on the seven things you should never do now, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

1

You Should Not Gather With Family Without Realizing You are Risking Their Life and Your Own

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"You don't want to be the Grinch that stole the holidays," Fauci, who is director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a live-streamed interview with Dr. Howard Bauchner, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association. But getting together with people you don't live with puts you and them at risk. "You get one person who's asymptomatic and infected, and then all of a sudden, four or five people in that gathering are infected," he said. He predicted this would happen on Thanksgiving and it did. Follow his advice this Christmas and live to see next year's, he argues.

2

You Should Not Hang Out in Bars

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"Bars: really not good, really not good. Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really have got to stop that," Fauci told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee earlier this year. The reason why is the booze: You have to take your mask down to drink, are usually indoors to do so, and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions (and decision making skills), making it easier to forget the simple public health measures. It's a recipe for virus spread, proven by science.

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You Should Avoid Indoor Restaurants That Are Packed

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As with bars, you pull your mask down to eat. Better to do so outdoors, where you're not trapped indoors spreading germs. Fauci adds one caveat: "What we really need to do is make sure when we say limit restaurant capacity or close restaurants or close the bars that has to be accompanied by relief—financial relief for the restaurant owners and the bar owners," argued Fauci on Fox News. "Because certainly if you do that, if you shut down those establishments, you're going to diminish the transmissibility of infection, but you can't do it in a vacuum. You've got to help those people out."

4

You Should Not Hit the Gym

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The CDC "just came out with a figure that's really telling," Dr. Fauci told MSNBC's Chris Hayes earlier this year. "It shows the odds of risk of different types of situations… Coming right out at you from the figure is restaurants, bars, and gyms." 

5

Don't Touch Your Face With Unwashed Hands

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During a conversation with 94.7 The Wave's Maggie McKay, Dr. Fauci revealed that touching your face is "for sure" a no-no. 

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Don't Forget Washing Your Hands is More Important Than Wiping Everything Down

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On 94.7 The Wave, Fauci also offered some other suggestions on how to save yourself from an infection that might surprise you. When asked if it was crucial to "wash off every single thing" before making contact, Fauci actually said no. "It's probably better to just wash your hands frequently, cause when people start feeling that they need to wipe everything down multiple times — there's nothing wrong with that. I mean, you might want to get some wipes and put it on a doorknob or something like that — but to compulsively feel you can't touch something unless you wipe it down would probably create more stress than it would real protection," he pointed out. 

7

Don't Forget the Fundamentals

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If we all adhered to these nationally, we'd be save lives, says Fauci:

  • Universal wearing of masks
  • Physical distance of at least 6 feet
  • Avoid crowds and congregate settings
  • Conduct activities outdoors
  • Frequent washing of hands

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.