Dr. Fauci Just Said to Avoid Doing This One Thing This Week
The White House COVID adviser is warning against one particular activity.
The coronavirus is continuing to spread in numbers far greater than anything seen in the U.S. before late November of last year. And while case counts have been dropping following their record-breaking highs in January, experts are predicting that another surge is just around the corner. In fact, White House COVID adviser Anthony Fauci, MD, is issuing a warning for this week, asking those in the U.S. to avoid one activity in particular to prevent the next spike in COVID cases. Keep reading to find out what you should skip out on, and for more guidance on staying healthy, Dr. Fauci Just Said This Is the Only Safe Way to Eat at a Restaurant.
Dr. Fauci says you shouldn't attend or throw a Super Bowl party right now.
Fauci warned against gathering for Super Bowl celebrations this year during a Feb. 3 interview with Today. "As much fun as it is to get together for a big Super Bowl party, now is not the time to do that," he said. "Watch the game, enjoy it, but do it with your family or people that are in your household."
The White House adviser reiterated this warning when speaking to Good Morning America on Feb. 3. "You don't want parties with people that you haven't had much contact with, you just don't know if they're infected. So as difficult as that is, at least this time around, just lay low and cool it," Fauci urged. And for more reasons to stay home, This Is Where You're Most Likely to Catch COVID, New Study Says.
Large celebrations have significantly contributed to COVID surges in the past.
As Fauci further explained during his Today interview, the country has seen significant increases in COVID cases due to past celebrations, and Super Bowl parties are likely to have the same result. "Every time we do have something like this, there always is a spike, be it a holiday, Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving," he said. "Super Bowl is a big deal in the United States."
According to case data from The New York Times, following Thanksgiving celebrations, case numbers in the U.S. rose above 200,000 per day for the first time. Then, following Christmas and New Year's gatherings, case counts reached higher than 300,000 on Jan. 8—the highest daily case count for one day during the entire pandemic. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
And celebrations may be even worse now with more transmissible strains spreading.
The U.S. has recently been inundated with new strains of the coronavirus. While mutations are normal for any virus, these new variants are raising concern for their transmissibility and antibody resistance—which may make a severe form of the virus easier to catch during a 2021 Super Bowl celebration. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three concerning variants that are already in the country: U.K. strain B.1.1.7, South Africa strain B.1.351, and Brazil strain P.1. The U.K. variant is reportedly at least 50 percent more transmissible and associated with an increased risk of death, while both the South Africa strain and Brazil strain may make current COVID vaccines less effective against the virus. And for more on the new variants, If You Have These 4 Symptoms, You Might Have the New COVID Strain.
The CDC also advised against Super Bowl parties recently.
The CDC recently updated its guidelines to advise against Super Bowl parties. "Attending large gatherings like the Super Bowl increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19," the CDC states on its website. According to the agency, the safest way to watch the Super Bowl is at home with people you live with, as Fauci said. However, if you do attend a gathering, the CDC asks that you follow some of the precautions: avoid crowding and congested areas, avoid chanting or cheering, limit alcohol consumption, wear a mask, and minimize your time with others. And for more advice on staying healthy, If Your Mask Doesn't Have These 4 Things, Get a New One, Doctor Says.