Dr. Fauci’s Six Tips for a Safe Labor Day Weekend

By Anna Breuer on 4 September 2020
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Monday is Labor Day and millions will take advantage of the three-day weekend to travel and see friends.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, told the nation’s governors that peoples’ behavior over the holiday weekend will be crucial in determining whether the country can get a “running start” on stemming the pandemic in the fall.

“The message should be, ‘Wear a mask, period,’” when in public.  Wearing a mask can reduce the wearer’s risk of contracting the coronavirus by up to 80%.

In addition, avoid crowds – which could be avoiding crowded airports or train stations – and maintain a distance of 6’ (1.82 m) from people outside your household or bubble.  The reason for this is that the virus spreads via aerosols from people’s noses and mouths that can travel that distance before falling to the ground.

Other important tips to staying safe include holding activities outdoors instead of indoors, don’t go to bars, and above all do not attend large parties, no matter how enticing the invitation might be.

Finally, the good doctor also recommends regular, if not “compulsive,” hand-washing.

The World Health Organization said that people should wash their hands frequently with soap and water and the CDC says that “[H]and washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.”

Simply following these six simple steps before and after eating or preparing food, using the toilet, tending a wound, and caring for someone who is ill, and after changing a diaper, blowing one’s nose, coughing, sneezing, touching a pet or pet waste, touching pet food, and touching garbage, will help you stay healthier.

1.)       Wet your hands with clean, running water, hot or cold, it doesn’t matter.
2.)       Turn off the tap to save water and apply soap.
3.)       Lather up by rubbing your hands together with the soap. This includes the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
4.)       Scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, the duration of singing “Happy Birthday” twice.
5.)       Rinse your hands under clean, running water, hot or cold.
6.)       Dry your hands using a clean towel or let them air dry but do not use a forced-air hand dryer.

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