Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS News in a recent interview that there are two things you can do to stay safe during the pandemic this winter, even if they may seem extreme.
- Fauci said people should “try and keep windows open” to allow fresh air to flow through your home during winter, a time when there might not be great ventilation.
Fauci said you may also want to wear a mask inside to protect others in your home, according to CNN.
- “Don’t be afraid to wear a mask in your house if you’re not certain that the persons in the house are negative.”
Dr. Soniya Gandhi, associate chief medical officer, Cedars-Sinai/Marina Del Rey Hospital, told Today.com people should consider wearing masks in their home — especially if someone outside the home comes to visit.
- “Whenever you have someone who is coming into your home that’s not a member of your immediate household, they should wear a mask, you should wear a mask, you and whoever else is in the house should wear the mask. You don’t know if that person is infectious — people can be asymptomatic and can still transmit the virus. Wearing masks and maintaining as much physical distance as possible when somebody is coming into your home are the cornerstones of trying to mitigate the risk of transmission.”
Thomas A. Russo, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, told Today.com you can probably take off your mask once they leave.
- “If you’re very vulnerable, want to be very conservative, are nervous about imperfect mask usage, and you’re living in a place that isn’t optimally ventilated, you could consider wearing your mask for 30 minutes after they leave,” he said.