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Dr. Fauci Says You're Super Likely to Catch COVID Here

These three places have serious potential for coronavirus spread.
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The coronavirus pandemic has continued to worsen around the world, but especially in the United States. More than 258,000 Americans have died from the highly infectious virus since the first domestic death was reported in February 2020, and the number continues to increase at a shocking rate. Here is the good news: catching the virus, and subsequently spreading it, is preventable. In addition to wearing a mask, social distancing, and practicing hand hygiene, you can be smart about where you go and who you interact with.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and Director of the National Institutes of Health, repeatedly discusses the best ways to avoid a COVID-19 infection. Of these, avoiding specific places is on the top of his list. Here are three places you are very likely to get infected with the virus, according to Dr. Fauci, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Don't Go to Bars

Dr. Fauci has been incredibly vocal about the danger of drinking or spending time at bars, due to not only the inability to socially distance and unlikelihood of mask wearing, but also because most bars aren't ventilated well. "If you have a choice between closing the schools and closing the bars, close the bars," Fauci stated during a recent interview with Yahoo! News

Avoid Social Gatherings—Especially During the Holidays

Social gatherings — including Thanksgiving celebrations — are incredibly risky in terms of transmission potential. "People need to remember that the kinds of infections that we're seeing now are infections in this, in the exact setting—a dinner, a social gathering, 5, 10, 15 people seemingly innocently and inadvertently getting together enjoying themselves," Fauci told the Washington Post

"But what we're seeing, given the fact that people who are asymptomatic, namely without symptoms, who can come into that sort of setting and inadvertently and innocently infecting people, because you're indoors, you're not wearing a mask. You don't have the kind of ventilation and moving of air that you have on the outside."

This includes immediate family. "We are actually seeing in reality—not hypothetically, but in reality—we're starting to see a considerable number of instances of cases where you have that same sort of innocent family and friends gathering indoors that are turning into places where the virus is spread. So to the extent possible as difficult it is from a social standpoint to avoid that, please try to avoid that and constrain the kinds of things you do to the immediate family and people that you assure that they're being careful."

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Don't Hang Out Inside a Restaurant

During the summer months, Dr. Fauci was not opposed to dining inside of a restaurant. However, now that most dining has shifted indoors and the infection rate is high, he maintains that takeout is a much better option. "If we're in the hot zone the way we are now, where there's so many infections around, I would feel quite uncomfortable even being in a restaurant. And particularly if it was at full capacity," Fauci told the New York Times. So don't go there, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.