There is good news, in that coronavirus cases are dropping in America, but also bad news, in that new variants are here, and proving more transmissible. One in particular “is more efficient in going from person to person and a recent study from the U.K. showed that it might be somewhat more deadly in the sense of making people sicker and certainly leading to death more,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN host Chris Cuomo. Read on to discover how to stay safe from COVID-19 of any kind—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Facui says get your vaccine as soon as it’s available to you. “Right now, given the fact that the demand is so much greater than the supply, people are taking whatever vaccine is available to them at the time, which is actually a good idea. Particularly now, since the two that are available are essentially identical,” he says.
“We’re doing much better on testing right now,” according to Dr. Fauci. “You know, you probably heard just a couple of days ago that there’s a test now that’s available—or will be soon available—in pharmacies that we’re investing hundreds of millions of dollars to scale up so that you can have up to 19 million of them per month made. And their point of care, you can get them in a drug store, you bring them home. It takes 15 minutes. It’s a bit expensive. Now $30 to $35. The price will come way down. When we start ordering millions and millions and millions of doses. So we aren’t doing a lot.”
“The President himself said he wants a hundred days, at least of everybody wearing a mask. When you have real inconsistencies throughout the country, where some people don’t wear masks as some sort of a political statement or whatever you want to call it, that doesn’t work. If you really want to get this outbreak on the control, you have to have uniform and universal mask wearing.”
Stay at least six feet apart from other people. “To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces,” says the CDC. “Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.”
…like crowds, “particularly indoor,” says Dr. Fauci. “Yeah, I think it’s pretty clear when you’ve seen congregate settings where people gathered indoors without a mask,” Fauci has said in the past, referencing last year’s Sturgis motorcycle rally, responsible for up to 250,000 infections, per some estimates. “There’s no doubt that you see, we’ve seen that with the Sturgis rally. We’ve seen that with a number of other situations. We have seen it in clear cut examples of people getting together in a congregate way, particularly indoor, where you trace after that, there’s clear outbursts.”
Be careful in indoor spaces, and that goes for eating indoors, which Dr. Fauci advises against. But since some restaurants are reopening, “If you do indoor dining, you do it in a spaced way where you don’t have people sitting right next to each other,” he said adding that “good airflow” is key. In other words, avoiding breathing other people’s breath.
“…as often as you possibly can,” says Dr. Fauci. “Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from beginning to end twice,” says the CDC.
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.