A worrying increase in the coronavirus can be observed again in the USA. According to data from John Hopkins University, which was analyzed by CNBC, new COVID-19 cases are up more than 14% compared to last week. That’s nearly 50,000 new cases a day over the past week.
“I think we are facing big problems,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases since 1984 The news with Shepard Smith on Monday.
In addition to having a “baseline” of infections between 40,000 and 50,000 per day, we’re seeing an increase in the number of people who test positive for the virus. Dr. Fauci said this is “always a predictor of more cases and, ultimately, more hospitalizations and, ultimately, more death. “
“We have to change that,”
The good news: there are five simple things anyone in this country can do to dramatically improve our coronavirus case numbers. “We’re not talking about closing the country,” said Dr. Fauci. “We are talking about prudent, careful, and serious public health considerations.”
These public health actions are likely to look familiar. While some of them can be difficult to say goodbye to due to certain circumstances in your life – such as having to work indoors in a restaurant to make a living – it’s good to follow these five COVID-19 prevention steps as often as possible.
1. Wear a mask.
As SELF has previously reported, there is evidence that areas where masks are required have better control over their COVID-19 cases and that when 50 to 80% of the population is wearing them, masks are more effective than physical ones Distancing alone.
Now is a good time to stock up on cloth masks, both for social purposes and for exercise. We’ll wear them for a while – even after we get a vaccine, says Dr. Fauci. Make sure they fit – there is a handy trick to holding them tight against your face.
2. Maintain physical distance from people outside your household.
Physical distancing, also known as social distancing, is crucial in limiting its spread in the community, as SELF previously reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend a minimum separation of two meters between you and anyone you do not live with. (And since the CDC admitted the virus can spread even further, the greater the distance between you and people you don’t live with, the better.)
3. Avoid the crowds.
Crowds and large gatherings can quickly become super-spreader events, especially if people fail to take basic safety precautions, like wearing masks consistently. Case in point: the White House Rose Garden event to celebrate the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. More than 200 guests (many debunked) gathered for the September event, which was both indoors (where the coronavirus is more likely to spread) and outdoors New York Times. Now, more than two dozen people have tested positive for a COVID-19 outbreak at the White House, and Dr. Fauci has classified the Rose Garden Gathering as a superspreader event.
While no deaths have been reported in connection with the White House superspreader event, we cannot say the same of other superspreaders. As SELF previously reported, a 65-person wedding reception in early August in Maine resulted in a COVID-19 outbreak. There are now more than 170 COVID-19 cases linked to the event and seven people who contracted COVID-19 as a result of that superspreader wedding have died – none of them attended the wedding themselves.
4. Don’t spend time indoors with people you don’t live with.
As Dr. As Fauci said, certain interiors have consistently proven to be breeding grounds for coronavirus: gyms, bars and restaurants. This is partly because they are indoors and good ventilation helps stop the virus from spreading, and also because you are less likely to wear a mask when eating, drinking and exercising, as SELF explained earlier.
Not spending time indoors with people you don’t live with can be very difficult as the weather is getting colder for many in the US and socially distant outdoor gatherings are no longer possible. Try mentally preparing for a pandemic winter, think about how you can still get that much-needed social connection, and take care of yourself if you’re stuck at home more often.
5. Wash your hands well and often.
Because it helps prevent the new coronavirus from spreading, and it’s the hygienic thing to do anyway. How to wash your hands properly. And yes, hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol are a good substitute when washing your hands isn’t possible – but washing your hands is best whenever possible.
“These simple things, as simple as they sound, can certainly reverse the peaks we see and prevent new peaks from appearing,” said Dr. Fauci to Smith. “We just have to crouch and do that.”