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Dr. Fauci Warns Don't Go Here Even If It's Open

Avoid these spaces if you want to stay safe from COVID-19.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Doctor Anthony Fauci

Coronavirus cases are dropping, but experts still warn that now is the time to be careful about catching the virus—more than ever. The new COVID-19 variants—which are more transmissible—increase your risk of infection, or of passing it along to someone else. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has urged a number of public health measures be taken. Read on for his list of places that he wouldn't go to even if they were open—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Dr. Fauci Does Not Eat in Restaurants

waiter in a medical mask serves coffee

Dr. Fauci won't eat inside restaurants; he orders takeout or delivery. If you must: "You do it in a spaced way where you don't have people sitting right next to each other," said Fauci to CNN. Look for "Good airflow." You don't want people breathing in your space, so look for low-capacity dining at the very least. "I don't know why restaurants are reopening," Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech who has been studying Covid-19 transmission, told CNN. "I don't think anything's changed from the time the restaurants were closed. If anything, it's riskier because of the new variants that are more transmissible."


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Gatherings Indoors

Friends at an evening dinner party.

Since the earliest of holidays, Dr. Fauci has said to avoid gathering with people you don't shelter with indoors. Why? "You get one person who's asymptomatic and infected, and then all of a sudden, four or five people in that gathering are infected," he said. This was echoed by the CDC director just this past weekend. "Whichever team you're rooting for and whichever commercial is your favorite, please watch the Super Bowl safely, gathering only virtually or with the people you live with," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday at a White House Covid-19 briefing. "We must take prevention and intervention seriously."


Dr. Fauci Says Now is Not the Time to Travel

woman with smartphone going on holiday, wearing face masks at the airport

Despite the vaccine helping to stem the tide, "Getting vaccinated does not say you have a free pass to travel," said Dr. Fauci. "Nor does it say you have a free pass to put aside all the public health measures that we talk about all the time." "Now is not the time to travel," Walensky has cautioned. "If you choose to travel, please follow the CDC guidelines and be aware that you must wear a mask as you travel."


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Bars

waitress with a face mask in a bar.

That is literally what he has said: "Avoid bars." In the ongoing debate about how to close—or open—a community, Fauci says: "Close the bars and keep the schools open," as he told ABC News. "Let's try to get the kids back, and let's try to mitigate the things that maintain and just push the kind of community spread that we're trying to avoid," Fauci said. "And those are the things that you know well – the bars, the restaurants where you have capacity seating indoors without masks." Same goes for bars.

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How to Not Catch COVID-19 During the Pandemic

Young caucasian woman wearing surgical gloves putting face mask on, protection from spread of Coronavirus

"You know, people think sometimes that public health officials are oblivious to the economic considerations," says Dr. Fauci. "Not at all — I mean, we are very empathetic towards that," Fauci told CNN. "But we still have to maintain the public health measures if we're going to get our arms around this outbreak." 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.