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Dr. Fauci Says Don't Go Here Even If You Can

With cases at 50,000 daily, the pandemic is far from over, warns the infectious disease expert.
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"Amen." That's what Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said when Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the CDC, expresses concern about COVID-19 cases and deaths. "I remain deeply concerned about this trajectory," she said on Friday. "We have seen cases and hospital admissions move from historic declines to stagnations, increases. And we know from prior surges that if we don't control things, now there is a real potential for the epidemic curve to soar again." With that in mind, here's where Dr. Fauci says you should not go. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise. 


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Travel


"The goal is not to open up travel, open up things because we're scaling up vaccination," says Dr. Walensky. She and Fauci have both said to avoid inessential travel, although Fauci has also said, to Kaiser Health News: "It depends on your individual circumstances. If you are someone who is in the highest risk category, as best as possible, don't travel anywhere. Or if you go someplace, you have a car, you're in your car by yourself, not getting on a crowded subway, not getting on a crowded bus or even flying in an airplane. If you're a 25-year-old who has no underlying conditions, that's much different."


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Bars

People cheering with beer in bar.

To quote Fauci: "Bars are really problematic. I have to tell you, if you look at some of the outbreaks that we've seen, it's when people go into bars, crowded bars. You know, I used to go to a bar. I used to like to sit at a bar and grab a hamburger and a beer. But when you're at a bar, people are leaning over your shoulder to get a drink, people next to each other like this. It's kind of fun because it's social, but it's not fun when this virus is in the air. So I would think that if there's anything you want to clamp down on, for the time being, it's bars," he told Kaiser Health News.


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Indoor Restaurants

Hispanic young woman having drink in cafe during coronavirus outbreak

The more restaurants open indoors, the greater chance of COVID-19 spread, believes Fauci. "When you have restaurants indoors in a situation were you have a high degree of infection in the community, [and] you're not wearing a mask, that's a problem," Fauci said. He said if you must dine in one, check for proper ventilation—like, open windows or proper air filters—and sit at a distance from others. 


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Gyms and Group Workouts

Group of people doing fitness in a gym wearing a mask, coronavirus concept

"In fact, the CDC just came out—if you go on their website—with a figure that's really telling. It shows the odds of risk of different types of situations that give you a higher risk of transmissibility," Fauci said, and one of them was gyms. In fact, a new CDC report studied COVID spread in gyms and witnessed in one Chicago facility: "Most attendees did not wear a mask during exercise class; infrequent mask use when participating in indoor exercise classes likely contributed to transmission. In addition, the potential for infected persons to infect others between their testing date and receipt of test results reinforces the need to quarantine while waiting for a COVID-19 test result and avoid gatherings while unknowingly infectious."


Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Gatherings—Unless it's a Small Get-Together In Which Every Person Has Been Vaccinated

Group of happy friends having a lunch in a tavern.

Fauci, who got the Moderna vaccine, has said he allows people who were vaccinated into his house, but rarely. "If we have someone in the house that would be a non-occupant of the house, it's somebody that we know has either been vaccinated or tests themselves very, very frequently," he said. "So we're still very careful." "Like I use the example of a daughter coming in from out of town who is doubly vaccinated and a husband and wife who are vaccinated, and maybe a next door neighbor who, you know, was vaccinated—small gatherings in the home of people. I think you can clearly feel that the relative risk is so low that you would not have to wear a mask that you can have a good social gathering within the home."


How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

Woman wearing two protective face masks at the same time.

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