Dr. Fauci Warns Against Going Here Now
COVID-19 vaccine technology continues to accelerate, and researchers are constantly learning more about how the virus behaves in the human body. But when it comes to coronavirus prevention, the tried-and-true recommendations still hold. Since early in the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has advised there are certain places you should avoid if you don't want to contract COVID. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Avoid Indoor Gatherings Without Face Masks
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Fauci has emphasized the importance of wearing a face mask and keeping a safe distance from others whenever you're inside. "When you have people in close indoor settings without social distancing or masks there are likely going to be some infections," he told the Daily Beast last week.
Fauci has repeatedly stated that going to bars is particularly dangerous. "Congregating in bars, congregating in crowds, people getting together in a celebratory way without wearing masks" drove last summer's surge in COVID-19 cases, he told NPR. In a Senate committee hearing, he was more to the point: "Bars: really not good, really not good. We really have got to stop that."
Studies have found that people who've tested positive for COVID-19 were most likely to have done one thing in the days before their diagnosis: Eat at a restaurant. Close-space tables and poor ventilation can make for a hotbed of coronavirus transmission. "I am not going to restaurants right now," said Fauci. "If you're going to go to a restaurant, try as best as you can to have outdoor seating that is properly spaced between the tables."
Fauci has always prioritized keeping in shape—he ran marathons for decades—but you won't find the 80-year-old inside a gym these days. "I wouldn't go to a gym," Fauci told the Washington Post earlier this year. "I need to be so careful. I don't want to take a chance." Instead, he exercises outdoors, power-walking up to three miles a day.
Fauci has repeatedly said he wouldn't take an airplane right now. "I am in a risk category. I don't like to admit it, but I'm 79 years old," he said. "I don't fancy seeing myself getting infected, which is a risk when you're getting on a plane, particularly with the amount of infection that's going on right now." He has also advised Americans to limit their travel. Airports, public transportation, taxis, hotels—all these settings require close social interaction that is risky for COVID.
How to Survive This Pandemic
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.