As the COVID-19 case count continues to multiply, taking precautionary measures is more important now than ever. While practicing diligent hand hygiene and wearing a mask are two very crucial weapons against the virus, responsible for the deaths of over 243,000 Americans, there are certain places you should avoid entirely if you want to remain healthy.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, spoke about just that during a streaming Q&A on Friday at the 2020 Ignatius Forum, hosted by the Washington National Cathedral. 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.
Avoid “Congregate” Settings
According to Dr. Fauci, you should seriously rethink any activities that bring you in close proximity to others. “Yeah, I think it’s pretty clear when you’ve seen congregate settings where people gathered indoors without a mask,” said Fauci. The moderator had asked him about the Sturgis motorcycle rally, responsible for up to 250,000 infections, per some estimates.
“There’s no doubt that you see, we’ve seen that with the Sturgis rally. We’ve seen that with a number of other situations. We have seen it in clear cut examples of people getting together in a congregate way, particularly indoor, where you trace after that, there’s clear outbursts.”
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This Is When It Will Be Safe to Congregate Again
So when will it be safe to partake in these sort of “congregate” indoor settings? In an October live Q&A with National Institute of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, he revealed that there will be “a gradual relaxation of some of the stringent public health measures, never to be abandoned.”
“I can foresee that even with a really good vaccine that mask wearing will continue well into the third or fourth quarter of 2021,” he said.
“I believe restaurants might be able to do indoor at moderate, if not full, capacity. Theaters will then be able to seat people, maybe not initially at full capacity, but working your way to that. Sports events will then have spectators very likely in graded amounts with regard to capacity,” he said. “So that ultimately when we get this under control, not only at the domestic, but at the global level, we will start to approach what we call normal.”
“I don’t think Francis, that it’s going to be at a level where people are going to feel like there are no public health measures to be implemented until we get to the end of 2021, at least,” he concluded.
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How to Avoid Dying During the Pandemic
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.