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It's Still Not Safe to Go Here, Say Infectious Disease Doctors

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should, according to infectious disease experts.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Woman put on medical protective mask for protection against coronavirus.

The coronavirus infection rate still remains high across most of the country, while the newest, more transmissible COVID variants are popping up. And, according to health experts, while some businesses are open, you should still avoid spending time in them. In other words, just because you can, doesn't mean you should. There is one type of establishment that many of them, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, still advise staying out of. Read on to find out where—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Warns Against "Breathing Other People's Breath"

Fauci, and others, maintain that it still isn't safe to dine inside of a restaurant. And, if you do, make sure it is "done carefully," Fauci advised on Tuesday during an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. 

"If you do indoor dining, you do it in a spaced way where you don't have people sitting right next to each other," he said adding that "good airflow" is key, he said. In other words, avoiding breathing other people's breath.

Dr. Paul Pottinger, a professor of infectious disease at the University of Washington, told The News Tribune that he is "nervous" about restaurants reopening. "My overall philosophy is: Yes, of course it can be done safely. The question is whether it will be," he explained. 

"At this point, we have plenty of information about how it is spread to be able to say, 'These are the core elements of a safe experience,'" he said, pointing to masks, properly circulating air, and social distancing measures keeping you away from those who don't live in your household. "The virus doesn't care how hungry you are. The virus doesn't care how much you want to see your friends. It simply waits for us to make a mistake with those core elements."

As for those outdoor setups involving a vinyl tent, he describes as "an air-proof, leak-proof chamber," he maintains that you are better off in a well-ventilated building with open windows.

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How to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic

So follow Fauci's 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), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.