Over the last few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has begun spiraling out of control, as predicted by many of the country’s top health experts. With cooling temperatures across the country compounded with coronavirus fatigue, people are heading indoors, congregating with friends and family, and abandoning many of the recommended prevention methods — mask wearing, social distancing, staying outdoors instead of indoors, avoiding crowded spaces and practicing hand hygiene. This week alone the United States alone is averaging a whopping 153,400 new COVID cases daily, breaking records over and over again in regards to new infections, hospitalizations, and even deaths.
So, how are the nation’s top physicians altering their lives in order to keep themselves and others safe? Dr. Darren Mareiniss, MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine Physician at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and expert in pandemic preparedness, who is currently in the midst of treating patients with the virus, has revealed to Eat This, Not That! Health five things he is not doing right now. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
He Is Not Eating Indoors
“Our number of COVID patients is significantly higher. Hospitalizations are also increasing. The viral surge is definitely happening right now. I’m seeing widespread cases,” says Dr. Mareiniss. “As an Emergency Medicine doctor, I see COVID patients all the time and am even more cautious about potentially spreading the disease. Even if I was not seeing these patients daily, I would not be interacting with others.” In order to keep himself, his family, his patients, and community safe, he has made some sacrifices —and recommends that others do too.
For example, since the start of the pandemic, Dr. Mareiniss has avoided indoor dining, which has been linked to various COVID infections. “I don’t want to take my mask off,” he points out, adding that there can be a higher risk of spread dependent on ventilation.
He Is Not Traveling
Due to a variety of factors, Dr. Mareiniss is avoiding travel at all costs. “It is not advisable,” he states, noting that recycled air and poor ventilation on public transit like trains or planes can increase risk of infection. “Also, it is detrimental to public health, as you could potentially be spreading disease around the country and even the world.”
He Is Not Spending the Holidays with Extended Family
Dr. Mareiniss reveals that he will be spending the holidays—including Thanksgiving—with only those residing in his home. “Both the travel problem and indoor eating issues” can lead to infection, he points out.
He is Not Spending Time with Others
In order to avoid spreading or becoming infected with the virus, Dr. Mareiniss is not spending time with people that don’t live in his house.
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He Is Not Sending His Kids to School
Dr. Mareiniss reveals that his kids are currently doing virtual school. While kids are much less likely to become seriously ill or even show symptoms of the virus, he points out that “CDC studies show kids can effectively spread the virus.” As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: 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.