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Dr. Fauci Says Avoid These Places Even if They're Open

Proceed with caution before going to these popular spots during a pandemic.
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With coronavirus cases lowering, you may be lowering your defenses, when in fact, "now is the time to double down" says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He says that, although cities are now lowering restrictions and opening up more, you must still adhere to the public health measures to keep yourself, and others, safe. Read on to see where he thinks you should avoid—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Dr. Fauci Says Don't Travel

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"It is not a good idea to travel, period," even if you've been vaccinated, said Fauci during a CNN town hall on COVID-19. "If you absolutely have to travel and it's essential, then obviously one would have to do that, but we don't want people to think because they got vaccinated then other public health recommendations just don't apply." "Please continue to wear a mask and stay six feet apart from people you don't live with.  Avoid travels, crowds, and poorly ventilated spaces," added Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing. "And get vaccinated when it's available to you."

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Dr. Fauci Says Don't Go to Bars

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"Bars: really not good. Really not good," said Fauci last year during a US Senate committee hearing. "Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really got to stop that right now." And that was when we had only 40,000 cases a day. Recently, we've had more. "You want to stay away from places like bars where people congregate—and in some places you're even seeing authorities closing bars," he has said in the past.

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Dr. Fauci Says Be Very Careful in Restaurants

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"If you do indoor dining, you do it in a spaced way where you don't have people sitting right next to each other," Fauci told CNN's Don Lemon. Says the network: "'Good airflow' is key, he said. What you want to avoid is breathing in other people's exhaled breath, which could be laden with virus. Fauci said he feels for the restaurants that have been devastated by the pandemic. Restaurant and food service industry sales fell by $240 billion in 2020, according to the National Restaurant Association." He won't in restaurants himself but instead orders takeout or delivery. "You know, people think sometimes that public health officials are oblivious to the economic considerations. Not at all — I mean, we are very empathetic towards that," Fauci said. "But we still have to maintain the public health measures if we're going to get our arms around this outbreak."

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Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Indoor Spaces For "Any Kind of Function"

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"Outdoor is always better than indoor if you want to do any kind of a function," Dr. Fauci says. Indoor spaces can have poor ventilation, people too close to one another and multiple touch points for infection.

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How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic

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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.