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The One Place You Should Never Go, According to Dr. Fauci

The country’s top infectious disease expert wants you to postpone happy hour.
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Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, and new infections are surging in many cities and states across the country at a disturbing rate. One thing that has become clear, is that certain types of people, places, and situations are more prone to outbreaks than others, which primarily has to do with how the virus is spread. The question on many of our minds, especially as the country continues reopening? What places can we safely visit, and which should we avoid like the plague? During Tuesday's Senate hearings, Dr. Anthony Fauci finally answered it for us. 

Dr. Fauci, Director of NIAID and one of the leading forces on the Coronavirus Task Force, and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were both bluntly asked by Senator Mitt Romney which places were more dangerous than others. 

While Dr. Redfield emphasized "knowing what the kinetics of transmission are in the community" — ie, do you live in a hotspot or an area where there is limited transmission — Dr. Fauci didn't hold back in identifying one type of establishment that is the ultimate danger zone for transmission. 

"Congregation at a bar inside is bad news," he stated. "We really got to stop that. Right now."

Stay Outside, or Alone In Your Home

In general, he emphasized the importance of staying outside. "Outdoors is better than indoors," he noted, even encouraging people to "get outdoors and interact" while wearing their masks and social distancing. 

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In recent weeks, several large outbreaks have been linked to bars. This week, 107 confirmed cases were tied to a single bar in East Lansing, Michigan, home to Michigan State University. According to the local health department, the infections took place between June 12 and June 20 at Harper's Restaurant & Brew Pub between June 12 and June 20. Of the more than 100 positive cases, 12 were as a result of secondary transmission. 

Other large outbreaks tied to bars have occurred in Austin and Houston, Texas, Boise, Idaho, and Jacksonville and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Bars Have Been Ordered Closed

On Sunday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered seven counties across the state to close their bars, after a spike of cases. "Due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare, while recommending they close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, & Ventura," he tweeted.  To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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