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Stop Doing This Immediately, Dr. Fauci Warns

“We gotta be careful,” warns the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
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There's a new COVID-19 mutation threatening to get Americans sicker, faster, and there is cause for alarm. "We gotta be careful," warns Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, "because the more cases you get, the more hospitalizations are going to happen. The more hospitalizations you have, the more deaths you're going to have." Read on to see what Dr. Fauci advises you to stop immediately to stay safe—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Stop Waiting Until the Vaccine is "Safe" to Get Your Shot, Says Dr. Fauci—It's Safe Now

Doctor Giving Older Woman Corona Virus Vaccine Injection In Hospital

Many—even those who are pro-vaccine—have said they'd wait a bit to get their shot, to make sure it's safely tested on other people first. Dr. Fauci wants you to know that "I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine and I want to encourage everyone who has the opportunity to get vaccinated so that we can have a veil of protection over this country, that would end this pandemic," he said as he waited for his own shot.


Stop Being Laissez-Faire About Your Mask Wearing

Woman put on medical protective mask for protection against coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci begs us all to to wear our masks "universally," and agrees with President-elect Joe Biden that it's a good idea to wear one during the first 100 days of his presidency. "As tough as it is, and as much COVID fatigue that everyone has, we have to double down even more on the methods," Fauci said this week. "Everybody wear a mask." Per the CDC, choose masks that:

  • "Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps"


Stop Gathering With Others in "Congregate Settings, Particularly Indoors"

Friends at an evening dinner party.

Recent surges of hospitalizations and deaths can be directly tied to "people who have congregated at meals and had closed indoor settings," Dr. Fauci has said. He knows that big family dinners with people you're not sheltering with seem "innocent" but stresses you don't know who has the virus. You may appear healthy but actually be infected without any symptoms, and inadvertently infect your own mother, who may be at high-risk of death from COVID-19.


Stop Travelling

Virus mask woman travel wearing face protection in prevention for coronavirus at airport.

Dr. Fauci has also tied the recent surges to "people who are returning from having traveled and they're now coming back to our area"—he specifically meant over the holidays. But everytime you travel, you are exposing yourself and others to COVID-19, in the security line at the airport, in a public restroom at a rest stop, or on a cruise ship.

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Stop Going to Bars

People cheering with beer in bar.

"Close the bars and keep the schools open," Dr. Fauci has said. "Obviously, you don't have one size fits all" in every city, he said. "But as I said in the past, the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school, or to get them back to school." As for bars—he feels they are responsible for spread, and that indoor restaurants are also dangerous. He orders takeout or delivery and feels the venues should be compensated by government funding. "So long as you subsidize and help the restaurateurs and the bar owners so that they don't go down and essentially crash because of the economic strain…" Fauci said. "If we can keep those things under control, subsidize those people, as well as keep the schools open, we'd be in good shape."

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How to Survive This Pandemic

Woman and man in social distancing sitting on bench in park

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 about Alek