With COVID-19 deaths hitting a striking record yesterday—4,320 souls lost—it's time to get even more serious about protecting yourself from the potentially deadly, certainly contagious disease. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has warned there are some places that are safer than others. The coronavirus "is really leading to a very, very serious number of people who are getting sick and dying from this," he says. Read on to hear where you should not go anymore—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Don't Go to Bars
"Bars are really problematic," Fauci told Kaiser Health News. "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. 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."
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Skip Going Into the Restaurant; Order Takeout or at Least Eat Outdoors
"If we're in the hot zone the way we are now, where there's so many infections around, I would feel quite uncomfortable even being in a restaurant," Fauci said to Kaiser Health News. "And particularly if it was at full capacity."
Enter the Hairdresser with Caution
"I mean, again, it depends," Fauci said when asked if he gets his hair cut at a salon. "I used to get a haircut every five weeks. I get a haircut every 12 weeks now — with a mask on me, as well as a mask on the person who's cutting the hair, for sure."
Don't Travel Anywhere if You're at High Risk
The CDC just said anyone travelling from foreign countries into the United States would be tested. Is travel safe? "It depends on your individual circumstances," says Fauci. "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."
Avoid All Indoor Gatherings With People You Don't Shelter With
"The most common" way to get COVID-19, Fauci says, is "common household contacts and in congregate settings, particularly when it's closed, such as cruise ships, nursing homes and prisons"—and even dinners with family or friends—"the factors that may increase the risk of airborne transmission are things that we wouldn't expect, such as just singing or speaking loudly or breathing heavily."
How to Survive This Pandemic
As for yourself, follow Fauci's fundamentals and 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, 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.