Dr. Fauci Just Warned About Entering These Two Danger Zones
With 280,000 souls lost to coronavirus, and a predicted 250,000 more to come, you may be feeling powerless to stop the spread. You aren't. In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, believes we can all turn those numbers around by following a few fundamental health measures. "We don't need to accept those very, very difficult to accept numbers if we do something about it," he told Major Garrett on his podcast The Takeout. Read on to hear what you should never do so you can stay healthy and safe, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
"Bars and Crowded Restaurants" Are to Be Avoided, Says Dr. Fauci
Dr. Fauci was asked about lockdowns and shutdowns, of the sort California is doing. Fauci said mitigation measures like that may be inevitable. "I think the answer, even though people don't like it, the answer was going to be yes, because once you get to the point where you are stretching the hospital system, you don't want to be in the unthinkable situation of having to choose who is going to live and who's going to die," he said. "And that's something that right now looking forward, we've got to remember, we don't want to shut down the country, but there are certain venues that are particularly difficult in that they contribute to the spread."
The venues include "no doubt bars, crowded restaurants. There are places like that, where you have [an] indoor setting of people who generally don't wear masks. You don't wear a mask when you're drinking a beer and you don't wear a mask when you're eating a dish of spaghetti. The fact is when you're in that situation, that's where spreading occurs."
Previously, Dr. Fauci has said he would not enter a restaurant. "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," he said. Instead, he orders takeout. "I feel badly about restaurants losing business," Fauci told CNN. "And I feel it's almost a neighborly obligation to keep neighborhood restaurants afloat…even though I can cook at home, several nights a week I go out for takeout purely to support those places."
Dr. Fauci is Not the Only One to Warn Against Restaurants and Bars
Last week, as a news conference, Henry Walke, MD, COVID-19 Incident Manager at the CDC, was asked about potential transmission in indoor areas—especially with cooling temperatures—and he mentioned "restaurant dining."
"Outdoor is safer than indoor," he said, echoing the words of Dr. Fauci. "We're concerned about indoor spaces, poorly ventilated indoor spaces—restaurants are typically some of those spaces where transmission can occur." While he suggests avoiding "these crowded indoor spaces" altogether, if you do opt to eat at a restaurant he suggests "trying to open the windows" to provide ventilation and also to "dine outside."
Meanwhile, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta said last week that 80% of COVID transmissions happen in bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels and houses of worship.
Fauci Said He Believed Bars and Restaurants Should Get Financial Help
Fauci and Garrett had discussed "vaccine distribution and stressed hospitals," and Garrett asked. "do you believe that there is something that must be done before Congress adjourns to inject more money into this situation to make sure all of the things that need to happen happen effectively and efficiently?"
"I think that's an absolute necessity because the system is stressed," answered Fauci. "I mean, it's easy for me to get up and say, which I have, and I say that with some degree of, of empathy and not just coldly that, you know, some of the times you're going to have to, when you do things like avoid congregate settings, you really talking about closing bars and having restaurants either closed or at not maximum capacity—that comes at a great economic strain to the people who own those establishments," he says. "So I believe strongly, and I'm speaking as a layman in this, because that's not my thing, but I see so clearly that if you're asking these establishments to shut down or to diminish their capacity, you've got to come in and help them, or they'll get economically destroyed. So we really need to help out during this very difficult time. And that's what the new packages are about."
What You Can—and Should—Do to Stay Alive
Follow the fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars and crowded restaurants), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.