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Dr. Fauci Says When We'll Get to Normal Again

Here is when he thinks you can safely travel, attend entertainment events, and shake hands.

It has been over a year since life as we know it was dramatically altered due to the COVID-19 virus. Now that millions of Americans are getting vaccinated daily, many people are anxious to return their pre-pandemic lives. On Wednesday, during an interview with Now This, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed when we can go back to doing all of our favorite activities. Read on to find out when you can travel, attend entertainment events, and start shaking hands again—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.


When Can You Travel Again?

woman in airplane disinfects hands with gel, sanitizer during flight

Dr. Fauci has stated on multiple occasions that he still isn't traveling, but he hopes he will be able to soon. He mentioned the CDC's guidelines "about what vaccinated people can do" and "the more and more people get vaccinated, the more and more you're going to see an opening up of the flexibility of travel, both domestic and international," he pointed out. "Right now, the CDC has said if you're vaccinated, the risk of getting infected from traveling is very, very low. In fact, traveling on airplanes, particularly with the filtering they have, even without vaccination, it's low. But you want to get vaccinated so you could make it very low and you can get back to traveling either for business or for pleasure, which I believe is going to be one of the positive consequences of more and more people getting vaccinated." 


When Can You Go to the Movies and Sports Events?

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When asked when we can attend "baseball games, concerts, theater, entertainment that often involves mass gatherings," he revealed that "there are a lot of conflating factors that going to modify the timeline." However, "if all goes well and people seriously take into consideration the importance of public health measures and just don't throw them to the wind as it were and more and more people get vaccinated" he believes that "by the time we get into the late spring, early summer and through the summer, you're going to start seeing a lot more people at ballgames. You're going to see people in movie theaters. You're going to see people in entertainment forums. I will almost be certain of that."


When Can You Shake Someone's Hand?

Friends meeting in public during virus outbreak

Unfortunately, Dr. Fauci isn't confident that hand shaking will be a common practice in the future. "I think handshaking is gonna have a new connotation in place in society and future years," he said. "I know I'm not going to be that excited about shaking people's hands, unless I was able to wash my hands every time I did it." Instead, he believes a "elbow bump, fist bump, or just say 'hello, nice to see you'" is a "better" option. 

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Keep Doing Your Part to End the Pandemic

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So keep following 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.

Leah Groth
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