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Dr. Fauci Says Don't Go Here Even if It's Open

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says to use caution.
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Director Of Nat'l Institute of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Discusses Global Health Threats

With news of new coronavirus mutations being more transmissible—and possibly more deadly—than the first, there’s reason to be concerned, and reason to be more careful. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Ted Koppel in an interview that aired recently. “We’ve got to do something different.” As for yourself, he says there are some places you shouldn’t go even if they’re open. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Eating Indoors

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The CDC considers “on-site dining with indoor seating, where seating capacity is not reduced and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart” to be the highest risk dining scenario. Fauci would agree. Since the pandemic started, he has ordered takeout and delivery only, calling restaurants a danger due to being possibly poorly ventilated, and you have to take your mask off to eat, thus spraying droplets. It “may take several months into the second half and beyond 2021," until you can eat in one safely again, he said in an interview with MSNBC. “I feel badly about restaurants losing business, and I feel it's almost a neighborly obligation to keep neighborhood restaurants afloat, so even though I can cook at home, several nights a week I go out for takeout purely to support those places," Fauci reportedly told celebrities in a Zoom call.


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Congregate Gatherings

Group of happy friends having a lunch in a tavern.

Dr. Fauci blamed family gatherings over the holidays for the current surge. And just because the Christmas ornaments are back in the attic doesn’t mean you should let your guard down—and same goes for the vaccine.  "A vaccine right now is not a substitute for the normal standard public health measures of wearing a mask, keeping your distance, avoiding congregate, crowded sections, and particularly indoors," Fauci says. "It's not a substitute. It compliments it only when you get the level of infection in society so low that it's no longer a public health threat."


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Bars

People cheering with beer in bar.

The CDC says: “The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in a restaurant or bar setting as interactions within 6 feet of others increase” and Fauci agrees. “Avoid bars,” he has said bluntly. Most are indoors, you are likely to lose your inhibitions there, and thus forget to follow public health measures—not to mention, you can’t drink a beer while wearing a mask.

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Dr. Fauci Says Use Caution in Houses of Worship

Group of prayers in Covid times

“You always have to take into account what the dynamic of the outbreak is in your particular region,” Dr. Fauci has said about religious gatherings. “Having said that, when you’re dealing with a nationwide outbreak like we have right now, you've really got to take precautions…The people who are within 6, 10 feet of each other really need to” wear masks, he says.

Churches should “limit the number of people, so that you don’t have people in the pews right next to each other,” he said. 


How to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic

girl wear medical face mask on sunny city street

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.