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Dr. Fauci Weighs in on COVID Lockdowns

"The default position should be to...provide the resources to the local areas so that children can get back to school.”
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Doctor Anthony Fauci

In March 2020, schools, restaurants, gyms, and other businesses across the nation abruptly shut down as COVID-19 started spreading across the country. Over the last year there have been openings and closures, and many educational institutions have opted for virtual learning instead of in-person. In a new interview with Fox News, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, weighed in on COVID lockdowns and how they are impacting people as well as the economy. Read on to find out what he has to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Said Openings Should be Decided on a Case-By-Case Basis

When asked about whether business—including schools and restaurants—should remain closed or reopen, Fauci pointed out that it should be determined on a case-by-base basis, depending on "the general principles" and "each individual state with their governor, city with their mayor," will make their own decisions. 

While he doesn't directly state his opinion on restaurants, he does believe they need financial support from the government. "I understand greatly the strain that is on local businesses and restaurants and others, that's the reason why we need help," he said. In other words, if indoor dining isn't an option, "we've got to get help to the owners of those organizations so that they don't go under during a period of time when we're trying to correct and get our arms around," he said. 

As for schools, it all depends on the CDC guidelines, which take into consideration things like local community spread.

"What the science tells us is the following: that children in school right now, it appears that if you follow the safety guidelines of the CDC, that they are less likely to be getting infected, then the community rate of infection," he said. "And that's the reason why as President Biden has said, we're going to try as best as we can within the framework of following the CDC guidelines, to get children back to school. And I've been saying that for months and months, that the default position should be to the best of our ability, provide the resources to the local areas so that children can get back to school provided they have fundamental safety measures like mask wearing and things like that that may require additional resources to the local school districts."

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How to Stay Safe 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.

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