Since the economic shutdown in the spring, health experts have continued to learn more about COVID-19 transmission, especially in terms of where it spreads like wildfire and alternatively, places and situations in which it can be controlled. During a Wednesday event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explained that another lockdown is not the solution to slowing the spread of the virus. However, he pointed out that there are certain places that are riskier than others when it comes to potential spread, suggesting there should be some "strategic closures." Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The CDC is a "Strong Advocate" of Controlling Bars
Dr. Redfield supports making data based decisions. "The answer to controlling the COVID pandemic is not necessarily closure — whether it's schools or business, et cetera," he said, adding that "there may be some strategic closures that make sense."
One type of closure he seems to be supportive of? Bars.
"I've been a strong advocate that I don't think it's in the best interest of COVID control to have bars open till two o'clock in the morning where people are without their masks drinking ," he explained, "that maybe you should maybe have 100 people that have 200 people in it."
He reiterated that he doesn't believe another lockdown is the answer. "I don't think we've benefited at all in our nation in controlling COVID by broadly shutting down businesses," he said. "Clearly if schools can learn how to do this safely and responsibly, airlines can learn how to do this safely and responsibly, businesses can learn how to do this safely and responsibly."
"We should use data to define when we've defined an industry that poses a unique risk that may require some type of restrictions rather than these broad restrictions unfortunately that happened in the spring and summer,' he added.
Dr. Fauci Has Said "Close the Bars"
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, has also has been more blunt. During a Facebook Live discussion with Colorado Governor Jared Polis he revealed that he has a "very terse saying" when people ask about what places should be closed and those that should remain open. "Close the bars, open the schools," he revealed. "And that's it and that really succinctly says it." He added, "It's clear when you do tracing about where you get these kinds of outbreaks."
He explained that a lot of the risk in bars has to do with the fact that they aren't conducive to mask wearing.
"It's bars, indoor seating at restaurants — particularly at full capacity — and when you're in a restaurant, it's very tough if not impossible to eat and drink with a mask on, unless you figure out something that I don't know about," he said. "So when you're in a restaurant and particularly if you're at full capacity without good ventilation, then you've got a problem, but bars are particularly problematic."
Help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.