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Dr. Fauci Warns Don't Go Here Anymore Now

Avoid these places as the new mutations spread, warns the infectious disease expert.
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Coronavirus cases are rising again. One possible reason: the new, more transmissible variants, which can jump from person to person quicker than the strain before. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been sounding the alarm, saying now is not the time to let your guard down—nor the time for cities to begin relaxing restrictions. Read on for the places Fauci says not to go now—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.


Dr. Fauci Has Warned of Gyms, and the CDC Just Agreed

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

Dr. Fauci pointed to a CDC report that said COVID can spread in gyms, and a new CDC report says intense physical activity in that environment can lead to spread, and did in the Chicago gym they studied. According to their report: "In August 2020, 55 COVID-19 cases were identified among 81 attendees of indoor high-intensity classes at a Chicago exercise facility. Twenty-two (40%) persons with COVID-19 attended on or after the day symptoms began. Most attendees (76%) wore masks infrequently, including persons with (84%) and without COVID-19 (60%)."


Dr. Fauci Says Don't Travel Right Now

Traveling woman doing the check-in at the airport wearing a face mask.

At a CNN Town Hall, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said: "I want to emphasize that now is not a good time to be traveling, period, internationally or domestically." And Fauci agreed: "Getting vaccinated does not say you have a free pass to travel," said Dr. Fauci. "Nor does it say you have a free pass to put aside all the public health measures that we talk about all the time."


Dr. Fauci Says Don't Go Anywhere Without a Mask—Even if You're Vaccinated

woman is putting a mask on her face, to avoid infection during flu virus outbreak and coronavirus epidemic, getting ready to go to work by car

Why do you have to wear a mask even if you're vaccinated? "You may be protected against clinically recognizable disease, but you could still get infected and have the virus in your nasopharynx that potentially could be spread to another person," Dr. Fauci said.


Dr. Fauci Has Said to Avoid Restaurants and Bars

People sitting in a restaurant.

Fauci orders take out and never enters a restaurant. "I feel badly about restaurants losing business," Fauci told CNN last month. "And I feel it's almost a neighborly obligation to keep neighborhood restaurants afloat." "If you go indoors in a restaurant — whatever capacity, 25[%], 50%, or what have you — indoors absolutely increases the risk," he told MSNBC. "If we want to get back to the normal existence of being able to enjoy being in a restaurant, the best way to do that is to get the community level of infection at the lowest level possible."


How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

Woman putting a second face mask.

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.

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