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Dr. Fauci Says You Shouldn't Go to a Restaurant If It Doesn't Have This

The nation's top immunologist offered this critical advice for those eager to dine out.

Going to your favorite restaurant is a very different experience today compared to just six months ago. As the nation sees a resurgence of COVID-19 cases spiking, particularly in southern and western states, dining out is now fraught with the peril of a serious public health risk. It's in this context that Anthony Fauci, MD, provided the indispensable advice on what you should do next time you go out to dinner: eat outside.

The nation's top immunologist sat down with MarketWatch and discussed a number of issues related to responsible actions that abate the spread of the coronavirus. His interviewer eventually broached the topic of dining, asking "Is it really more dangerous to eat indoors at a restaurant than outdoors?"

"Yes, absolutely. Indoors is much worse than outdoors," Dr. Fauci replied. He then gave the following advice to anyone planning on dining out: "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."

He was also asked whether he would "risk it" by going to restaurants, to which Dr. Fauci made his position clear: "I am not going to restaurants right now."

It should come as no surprise that there's a lot of evidence in support of Dr. Fauci's assessment. Medical and public health researchers continue to research the coronavirus, and as a result, have learned a lot. Among the more widely accepted findings is that crowded and poorly ventilated indoor places—not unlike a popular restaurant, for example—are among the riskiest places to contract the potentially deadly virus.

Because COVID-19 is exchanged via aerosolized droplets expelled or inhaled, limiting indoor dining has become an effective measure for the handful of states that are seeing a decrease in cases. It's also why there are increasing calls for closingbars, and, in some cases, indoor dining, in those states seeing a surge in cases.

The restaurant industry has been hit hard by the pandemic-related stay at home guidelines, and have instituted a number of clever ways to keep both diners and staff members safe while they build back their lost revenue. So, while it's good to continue to support your favorite local eatery, do so by being safe and opting for outside dining. For more on what restaurants are doing to keep you safe, check out 40 Ways to Stay Safe as Restaurants Reopen Near You.

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