Dr. Fauci Just Said These 2 Things Can Stop COVID
We have to "double down" on these measures, he says.
As we approach a full year since the novel coronavirus first started taking over in the U.S., many people are growing understandably weary of the stringent COVID precautions they've been taking for the past year. However, with new, highly contagious strains of the virus beginning to spread, complacency when it comes to protecting yourself and others isn't an option. In a Feb. 5 White House Task Force briefing, Anthony Fauci, MD, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said that there are two essential things Americans can do now to stop COVID from getting out of control yet again.
The first is following those big four steps Fauci has been pushing for for the past year. "Double down on the adherence to the public health measures we talk about all the time: the uniform masking that the president has spoken about, the physical distancing, the avoiding congregate settings—particularly indoors—and washing hands," he said.
The second key way to stop COVID from mutating and avoid another surge is by getting your COVID vaccines as soon as possible. "When a vaccine becomes available to you, get vaccinated," said Fauci. "You will not only be protecting yourself , your family, but you will be making a major step in a positive way to protecting your community."
That's not the only advice Fauci's had recently about how to best prevent the further spread of the virus; read on to discover what the public health expert says everyone should be doing now to get COVID under control. And if you're wondering how Fauci's vaccinations went, check out Dr. Fauci Says He Had These Side Effects From His Second Vaccine Dose.
Don't get together for the Super Bowl.
As more and more people get vaccinated, it may be tempting to gather with friends or family members to celebrate major events. However, considering the post-holiday COVID spikes the U.S. has just seen in recent months, Fauci says that getting together with people outside your household for the big game should absolutely be off the table.
"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 in an interview with Today on Feb. 3. "Watch the game, enjoy it, but do it with your family or people that are in your household." And if you're looking for a place to get vaccinated, check out If You Live in These States, You Can Get Vaccinated at Walgreens Next Week.
Wear two masks when you go out or are around others.
"If you're looking for enhancing the physical barrier—it makes common sense that it certainly can't hurt and might help," Fauci said during a Feb. 2 interview with The Washington Post. And for more masking changes, check out This Is How Much You'll Be Fined for Violating Biden's New Mask Mandate.
Stay far apart from others if you dine indoors.
Just because you've received a vaccine or are spending time with people who have doesn't mean you have carte blanche to resume the activities you participated in pre-pandemic. However, if you're going to dine indoors with people outside of your household, it's important to take steps to mitigate your COVID transmission risk.
"If you do indoor dining, you do it in a spaced way where you don't have people sitting right next to each other," Fauci said during a Feb. 2 interview with CNN. And for the latest COVID news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Don't travel just because you're vaccinated.
While getting vaccinated is an essential step in getting life back to normal, that doesn't necessarily mean that all behavior is on the table once again after you've gotten your shots. Fauci specifically cited travel as something that's best avoided for the time being, even among those who've gotten their COVID vaccine.
"Getting vaccinated does not mean now you have a free pass to travel, nor does it say you have a free pass to put aside all the public health measures that we talk about all of the time," Fauci explained during a Jan. 27 CNN town hall with Sanjay Gupta, MD, and Anderson Cooper. Vaccines aren't the sole means of preventing COVID, however; This One Thing Could Prevent Symptomatic COVID 100 Percent, Study Says.