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Dr. Fauci Just Said Shut These Places Down

"Close the bars and keep the schools open," Fauci said.
Young woman coming to hair stylist during pandemic isolation, she wears protective equipment

With coronavirus cases surging—and the nation's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci predicing "a surge on top of a surge"—you might be wondering where it's safe to go, and which places to avoid. Fauci spoke with David Ushery of NBC 4 New York to discuss the coronavirus threat and the possibility of locking down, and called, as he has this past week, for a few places in particular to be shut down, because they are danger zones. Read on to hear his concerns, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci Said We Should Close the Bars—But Support the People

Ushery asked Dr. Fauci about schools reopening, a topic that Dr. Fauci has frequently equated with bars. "The fact is that we should do whatever we possibly can as having a default position, that the children either go back to school or stay in school," said Fauci. "We know that the degree of transmissibility among children is considerably less than what we had anticipated to be the best way to safeguard children and to keep them in school is to decrease the level of community spread at the community level. And we often say, you know, close the bars and keep the schools open. And when you do close the bars or limit capacity in the restaurant, make sure we get resources to help the owners of the bars and the owners of the restaurant, not just shut them down and let them essentially make them for themselves, but give them the kind of assistance that they need. Because we do know that the bars that are open when you have congregating in bars, indoor in cold weather, that's a perfect setup to spread. So bottom line: close the bars, support the people who own the bars and keep the schools open."

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Dr. Fauci Begged You Mitigate The Things Causing the Spread

This wasn't the first time this week Dr. Fauci said to close the bars. "Close the bars and keep the schools open," Fauci said to host Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week. "Obviously, you don't have one size fits all. But as I said in the past and as you accurately quoted me, the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school, or to get them back to school. The best way to ensure the safety of the children in school is to get the community level of spread low. So, if you mitigate the things that you know are causing spread in a very, very profound way, in a robust way, if you bring that down, you will then indirectly and ultimately protect the children in the school because the community level is determined how things go across the board."

"So, my feeling would be the same thing," he continued. "If you look at the data, the spread among children and from children is not really very big at all, not like one would have suspected. So, let's try to get the kids back, but let's try to mitigate the things that maintain and just push the kind of community spread that we're trying to avoid. And those are the things that you know well — the bars, the restaurants where you have capacity seating indoors without masks, those are the things that drive the community spread, not the schools."

So avoid those spaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.