Dr Anthony Fauci said recently in an interview with CBS News that there are two things you can do to stay safe during this winter’s pandemic, even if they may seem extreme.
- Fauci said people should “try to keep windows open” to let fresh air through your home in the winter, at a time when there may be insufficient ventilation.
Fauci said you may also want to wear a mask inside to protect others in your home, CNN reports.
- “Don’t be afraid to wear a mask in your home if you’re not sure the people in the house are negative.”;
Dr. Sonia Gandhi, deputy chief medical officer at Cedars-Sinai / Marina Del Rey Hospital, told Today.com that people should consider wearing masks at home – especially if someone is visiting outside the home.
- “When you have someone who comes into your house, who is not a member of your immediate family, he has to wear a mask, you have to wear a mask, you and someone else in the house has to wear a mask. You don’t know if this person is infectious – people may be asymptomatic and may still be transmitting the virus. Wearing masks and keeping as much physical distance as possible when someone comes to your home are the cornerstones of trying to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection. “
Thomas A. Rousseau, head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Buffalo Jacobs University School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, told Today.com that you may be able to remove the mask when they leave.
- “If you are very vulnerable, want to be very conservative, nervous about imperfect mask use, and you live in a place that is not optimally ventilated, you may consider wearing your mask for 30 minutes after they leave,” he said.