During the summer months, the majority of Americans spend a good amount of time outdoors. However, as temperatures drop in many parts of the country and we enter into the fall and winter months, indoor activities become more prevalent — something that is quite concerning to Dr. Anthony Fauci. During an interview with JAMA’s Howard C. Bauchner, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force reveals the most dangerous place you can go in terms of the virus. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
“Indoor Situations” Can Be Fatal
“If you look at some of the super spreading type things that have occurred, almost all of them occurred in indoor situations,” Dr. Fauci pointed out. “When we get to the fall and the winter, by the very nature of the climate in most parts of the country—not every part, but most parts of the country—you’re going to have to do a lot of things indoors at a necessity of the temperature.” Yup, indoors is the most dangerous place you could go.
He explained that the diligent practicing of his “four or five” fundamentals—universal adherence, mask wearing/face covering, keeping physical distancing, avoiding crowds, washing hands, and doing things outdoors more than indoors—become even more crucial in terms of preventing the spread of the virus.
“If we don’t carefully follow the guidelines, the other guidelines—the masking, the distance, the crowds—then we may see another surge again,” he pointed out.
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The Number of Baseline Infections Makes Things “Very Challenging”
Dr. Fauci admitted that he was hoping the country would enter the fall and winter months “at a baseline” but that the numbers are much higher. “It was like 43,000 new cases yesterday,” he pointed out. “You don’t want to enter into the fall and winter with a community spread at that level, because if you do, you got a difficult situation that’s going to be very challenging.”
And, while he has confirmed his belief that COVID-19 is airborne in nature and spreads via aerosol, he wanted to clarify a major misconception.
“The one thing you don’t want to scare the public. When they hear aerosol, they think it’s in the air,” he said. However, this isn’t really the case as much outdoors as it is in, and it is more specifically, “something that usually indoors can hang around a bit longer before it actually dissipates.”
“That’s the reason why, when you look at the recommendations we make, ‘try to do things outdoors, preferentially over indoors,’ because in that case, things get dispersed and diluted very, very easily,” he says.
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How to Avoid COVID-19
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, do as much as you can outdoors instead of indoors (when it comes to people you’re not sheltering with), get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.