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Places You Shouldn't Go Even if They're Open, According to an MD

Avoid them if you can, given the coronavirus pandemic.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, everyone from Dr. Anthony Fauci to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that with COVID-19 spreading, some places are riskier for infection than others. In fact, there are some places you should avoid altogether—even if they are open and you are allowed to utilize or visit them. So, now that it is 2021 and a vaccine is here and being administered, which places should you still be wary of? Shawn Nasseri, MD, Mayo Clinic trained Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon reveals to Eat This, Not That! Health the three places he recommends avoiding now. Read on to find out where—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Avoid Travel Vessels or Hubs

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Unless traveling is essential, you should avoid it at all costs. "I would recommend staying away from unnecessary travel—especially airplanes," warns Dr. Nasseri. "The risk is all dependent on the density of passengers, the responsibility of passengers to wear their mask, the length of travel time, cleanliness of the cabin, and its air filtering system." The CDC agrees, with Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the governmental health organization, begging Americans to avoid it altogether. "COVID can spread through respiratory droplets from passengers coughing or sneezing while on board and infect anyone within two rows," adds Dr. Nasseri. 


Avoid Shared Fitness Studios or Gyms

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Exercise might be essential for your health, but working out in a shared space could be detrimental to it, according to Dr. Nasseri. "The gym or other indoor studios should be avoided," he says. One of the reasons is because "as with intense workouts the body produces more sweat and breathing increases spreading respiratory droplets," he points out. "Being confined into a tight space, especially if hot, creates an environment for the virus to thrive and spread in." 


Avoid the Elevator

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Elevators are a much more convenient option than stairs. However, they also provide a better environment for COVID to spread. "Wherever you are, take the stairs, not the elevator unless you can ensure you will be alone," instructs Dr. Nasseri. "Small confined spaces should be avoided."

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Avoid Bars

Portrait of a happy waitress working at a restaurant wearing a facemask.

Dr. Fauci says you should "avoid bars" and hoped they can get some economic help from the government given the situation. "So long as you subsidize and help the restaurateurs and the bar owners so that they don't go down and essentially crash because of the economic strain…" Fauci has said. "If we can keep those things under control, subsidize those people, as well as keep the schools open, we'd be in good shape."


Do Your Part in Ending the Pandemic

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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.