Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS News in a recent interview that there are two things you can do to be safe during the winter pandemic, even though they may seem extreme.
- Fauci said people should “try to keep windows open” to let fresh air flow through your home in the winter, a time when there may not be very good ventilation.
Fauci said you might also want to wear a mask inside to protect others in your home, according to CNN.
- “Do not be afraid to wear a mask in your house if you are not sure that people in the house are negative.”
Dr. Soniya Gandhi, assistant medical director at Cedars-Sinai / Marina Del Rey Hospital, told Today.com that people should consider wearing masks in their homes – especially if someone outside the home comes to visit.
- “Every time you have someone come into your home who is not a member of your nearest household, they must wear a mask, you must wear a mask, you and the other person in the house must wear the mask. You do not know if that person is contagious – people can be asymptomatic and can still transmit the virus. Wearing masks and maintaining as much physical distance as possible when someone enters your home are the cornerstones of trying to reduce the risk of transmission. ”
Thomas A. Russo, head of the infectious diseases division at the university at the Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, told Today.com that you can probably take your mask off when they leave.
- “If you are very vulnerable, want to be very conservative, are nervous about imperfect use of the mask, and you live in a place that is not optimally ventilated, you may want to consider wearing your mask for 30 minutes after they leave,” he said.