Over the last year it has become clear that some places are more prone to COVID-19 spread than others. During a Facebook Live discussion with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and Director of the National Institutes of Health revealed one or two places you should avoid walking into if you want to keep your health in check. Read on to hear his warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Said You Get "Outbreaks" at Bars and Restaurants
When asked about the dangers of walking into a school versus a bar or nightclub, Fauci didn't hesitate to weigh in. 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."
His reasoning comes down to science and statistics, as he explains that more infections have been tied to watering holes than classrooms. "It's clear when you do tracing about where you get these kinds of outbreaks," he continued.
He added that the combination of these places being indoors and not conducive to mask-wearing is the perfect storm for infection.
"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."
Dr. Fauci Says Please Follow the Fundamentals to Stay Alive
While Fauci hopes that another lockdown isn't in the cards, he urges the importance of taking preventative measures to keep everything open. "What I've been saying now for weeks and weeks, if not months, is that you don't have to resort to lock down if you uniformly do the four or five things that we talk about — the masks, the distance, the avoiding crowds, the indoor issues that you want to wear a mask, you want to do things more outdoors than indoors," he explained. So follow Fauci's fundamentals—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with, 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.