Health & Fit: Dr. Fauci Warns of COVID 'Floating' in the Air

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  Dr. Fauci Warns of 'Serious Trouble' Starting Today Dr. Anthomy Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wants to ‘jolt’ you into realizing ‘that it is within our hands to prevent’ COVID-19."The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering, and in some respects, stunning," Dr. Fauci confessed about the milestone, officially reached on Tuesday. "The metric for me is the concern I've had and continue to have for this baseline of cases that we have every day. Going back and forth between 35,000 and 40,000 cases per day, which, you know, ultimately some will lead to hospitalizations and those will lead to deaths," he continued.

Ever wondered what's behind the social distancing standard of six feet between yourself and another person? It goes back to studies conducted in the 1940s about how far respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes travel before they drop to the ground. But the novel coronavirus is unique in many ways, and one of them is how it spreads from person to person. At the beginning of the pandemic, scientists went by the six-feet standard. But there's growing evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted via aerosols—smaller droplets that don't drop and instead float in the air for a time—leading to a CDC update to that effect this week. So what does it mean for you, right now? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, answered that in a recent Q&A with Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

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"Recent data is making it much, much clearer that there is a degree of aerosol spread," said Fauci. "So let me explain exactly what aerosol spread is, so people understand, because I think there's a lot of misperception about that." Read on, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

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How COVID spreads: A changing perspective

He explained that respiratory droplets do spread COVID-19, but the illness is frequently spread by people who don't show signs of being ill. "Most people who are spreading it are speaking the way I'm speaking," said Fauci. "There are droplets that come out with speaking, singing, and certainly with coughing and sneezing."

This "Innocent" Activity Can Get You COVID, Warns Dr. Fauci

  This "What we're seeing throughout the country is that innocent get-togethers of family and friends" leads to infection, says Dr. Fauci.Fauci detailed a typical scenario: "Eight, 10 people get together at a dinner with friends and family. One of them is infected, but with no symptoms, They put their guard down. You're sitting, you're eating, you're drinking, you take your mask off. And that's how we're starting to see infections.

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Fauci explained that if droplets are a certain size, they drop to the ground within six feet, which led to the six-feet social distancing rule. But smaller droplets seem able to travel farther and hang in the air longer. "When you say 'aerosol,' that means these respiratory particles don't immediately go to the ground," he said. "They have the capability of floating around anywhere from many seconds to minutes or maybe even longer, which means that being just six feet away isn't necessarily the total protection."

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How to keep yourself safe

"You've got to wear a mask," said Fauci. "And you've got to remember that if you're indoors, it is much more difficult to escape infection when there's aerosol spread, because it continues to recirculate. If I'm in a room and there's no really good circulation in and out, you can have that droplet go around for several minutes. So just being six feet apart is not going to help you."

He summed it up: "One, wear a mask. Number two: outdoors is always better than indoors. And if you're going to be indoors, keep the windows open."

Besides wearing a face mask, Fauci strongly recommends you avoid crowds, social distance, only run essential errands, wash your hands frequently, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Dr. Fauci Predicts When We'll Return to Normal .
"Together with a vaccine, I believe in 2021 we will see this behind us. It’s not going to happen in the first few months. If we do it correctly, hopefully, as we get into the end of the summer, the beginning of the fall of 2021, we can start to approach some degree of normality.""Well, the pandemic emerged from the standpoint of a societal issue at the worst possible time," said Dr. Fauci, when asked to look back on this "tough year," "because anybody who views what's going on throughout the world, but particularly in our own country, there's a great deal of divisiveness in the country.

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