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Says the CDC: “COVID-19 Cases are Extremely High. Avoid Events and Gatherings.”
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With Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warning of "impending doom" just last month, coronavirus cases remain dangerously high in many parts of the USA. Accordingly, the CDC has kept strict its recommendations for where to go, and where not to go, despite the mass vaccination effort. Read on for their latest guidance about where not to go for fear of COVID—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.


Do Not Gather With People You Don't Live With

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Says the CDC in a headline: "COVID-19 Cases are Extremely High. Avoid Events and Gatherings." "COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are extremely high across the United States," they continue. "To decrease your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, CDC recommends that you do not gather with people who do not live with you at this time. Attending events and gatherings increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19."


Why You Should Not Dine in at Restaurants and Bars, Says CDC

Friends in the Pub

"The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people," the CDC acknowledges. "Many go to restaurants and bars to enjoy a meal without having to cook, to connect with friends and family, and to support businesses that are an important part of many communities. However, visiting bars and restaurants can increase your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19."

"In a recent study," they continue, "scientists found that adults with positive COVID-19 test results were twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than those with negative COVID-19 test results. There are many factors that may explain why going to restaurants and bars increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19" including "people from different households are gathering in the same space" and "eating and drinking requires the removal of a mask." Get delivery or takeout instead.


Why You Should Use Caution at the Gym

Female athlete with protective face mask doing plank exercise with hand weights in a gym.

"Exercising and physical activity are important for physical and mental health and should be continued for healthy living, especially during the coronavirus crisis," says the CDC. "However, it is necessary to take precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. The main way by which people are infected with COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus. COVID-19 has been shown to spread at gyms, fitness classes, and studios."

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What You Should Do Before a Gathering

Women hands holding hand sanitizer with alcohol spray and surgical mask.

"Prepare before you go," says the CDC:

  • Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (symptoms of COVID-19), if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Check with the organizer or event venue for updated information about any COVID-19 safety guidelines and if they have steps in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Prioritize attending outdoor activities over indoor activities and stay within your local area as much as possible.
  • Bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy—for example, masks (bring extra), hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and drinking water.

"Then social distance and wash hands once there."


If You're Going to the Nail Salon…

Professional manicure master in Transparent Safety Face Shield using Electric Nail Polisher Tool for Glazing treatment manicure procedure

"Prepare for your appointment," says the CDC:

  • "Book services in advance to remove the need for waiting in a lobby with other people. If you must wait, maintain social distance.
  • Before you go, call and ask if all staff are wearing masks at work and if there are physical barriers to minimize risk of transmission (e.g., plexiglass barriers).
  • If offered by the salon, wait in your car or outside until you can be contacted by mobile phone when it is your turn to be seen for an appointment."

Once there, wear a mask and wash hands often.


If You're Visiting a Library…

The Oshkosh Public Library's infamous lions wear face masks as a way to remind its visitors to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic

"Use curbside pickup or choose digital materials," says the CDC:

  • "Use online reservation and advance-order checkout systems, if possible.
  • Choose digital over print materials, if possible.
  • Request a curbside pick-up if available and use masks during pick-up exchanges.

Clean hands when handling shared items or electronics

  • Wash your hands before and after exchanges.
  • Clean electronics (laptops) and library materials in plastic containers (CDs, audio books) during returns and/or exchanges.
  • If allowed and available inside the library, use computer stations one person at a time. Ensure they are cleaned before use and use a disinfectant wipe on the mouse and keyboard."


How to Stay Safe Overall During This Pandemic

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Follow the public health 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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek
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