According to the latest reports from the country's top health experts, more COVID-19 transmission is going on inside the house — in the form of small gatherings — than in schools, at work, or the grocery store. During a CBS interview with Norah O'Donnell, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force offered up two incredibly simple yet effective ways you can protect yourself from coronavirus this fall and winter season in the comfort of your own home. Read on so you can stay safe, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Open a Window
Dr. Fauci urges the importance of making sure there is good ventilation in your home, as the virus is airborne and can linger in the air — especially in indoor environments with little ventilation. "You may need to expand a little bit more heat energy to keep your house warm, but try and keep windows open, try and keep things well ventilated," he said.
Wear a Mask…Even at Home, If Someone Might Be Positive
Everyone knows that wearing a mask is essential when you are out in the world. However, because the virus is spreading in more private types of situations – like small gatherings of family and friends – he suggests masking up at home as well. "Don't be afraid to wear a mask in your house if you're not certain the persons that are in the house are negative," he said. He explained that per Dr. Deborah Birx, his colleague on the Task Force, who has been traveling around the country "to get a feel for what's going on and telling people what to do," household transmission is now responsible for a "greater element of the transmissibility."
How You Can Get COVID at Home
This is how it happens, according to Fauci: "People who feel comfortable, they say, 'Well, I'm in my own house with my own family. I don't need to wear a mask and I can just be not be as careful as I [was] on the outside,' and that's where the transmissibility is occurring.'"
He also points out that the majority of people do not realize they came into contact with an infected person, as most people are asymptomatic when they spread COVID. And, you might not realize you were infected, exposing your loved ones as a result.
"We Better be Careful," He Says
"So we better be careful," he warned. "Don't assume because you're in your own home with your own family, that you're not going to spread infection because you may feel perfectly well. And when you were outside speaking with someone who felt perfectly well, that they transmitted the virus to you, and then you're in danger of transmitting it to your family," he concluded.
How to Stay Safe Where You Are
Follow his advice above, and wear your face mask, 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.