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Dr. Fauci Just Said When Fans Can Return to Stadiums Again

Will fans be cheering their favorite teams on from the stands this baseball season? 
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Woman in a surgical mask sitting in an empty stadium.

Spring is almost here which means one thing: baseball season. After over a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, sports fans are hoping to fill up stadium seats this season and root for their favorite sluggers. But will that be a reality? During an interview on ESPN First Take, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussed when he believes fans will be able to return to stadiums again. Read on to find out what he had 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 "We Are Approaching the Normal Situation" When it Comes to Sports—if We Keep Getting Vaccinated

According to Dr. Fauci, the type of sports venue—specifically indoor or out—will be heavily influential in terms of timing. "You know, when you're talking about stadiums outdoor, that's obviously an easier thing to get going rather than indoors," he pointed out. 

However, compared to last year, we have one major thing in our favor that would allow the game to go on. "We have vaccines plural now," he revealed, "and every day, at least 2 million people and likely more than that every day will get vaccinated to the point where I believe we are approaching the normal situation we would like to see with regards to sports, particularly easier with outdoor like baseball." 

While he cannot predict "exactly what's going to happen" in terms of timing, "as we get into the spring and summer, you're going to see a progressive increase in the capability of getting people in the stands. Maybe not full capacity right away, but certainly more than what we saw last year and less restrictions." 

The one thing that could get in the way of this season's sports? The highly transmissible variants, quickly becoming dominant. "We have some things that we need to address like these variants, which might put us off course a bit," he admitted. "But I think if we get people vaccinated at a very high rate, I think we can get around and obviate the problem with the variants. So big time getting people vaccinated, that's going to be the answer."

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How to Stay Healthy During This Pandemic

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, 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.