One of the most important tools we have in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is knowledge. This is why health experts and researchers have spent endless hours studying exactly how the virus is transmitted, and the likelihood of it spreading in various types of situations. During an interview with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, took a deep dive into how the pandemic has impacted the theater community. He also revealed the exact type of place you are most likely to become infected with the deadly virus. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
The Majority of Superspreader Events Have Something in Common
Since the start of the pandemic, several superspreader events—situations in which many people were infected at once—have occurred. While they vary in terms of situation, they generally share a commonality: where they take place. “The overwhelming majority of super spreader events are those that occur indoor as opposed to outdoor,” Dr. Fauci stated.
He added that the most “responsible” way to host any type of event—whether a theater performance or celebration—is to do so outside. “Outdoors are much, much safer than indoors,” he said. “I mean, if you’re out there with the natural breezes that blow respiratory particles away, it’s so much safer.”
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When Will Indoors Be Safe Again?
So when will hosting an indoor event be safe again? It depends on when herd immunity is achieved, Fauci explains. “If you have a low level of infection and most of the people are vaccinated, we may get to the point where I said, what I hope it’s going to be in the fall, where everything is back to normal,” he said. “You got the overwhelming majority of people vaccinated.” However, “the only requirement might be to wear a mask.” However, “if the indoor venue is well ventilated and maybe has some HEPA filters, I think you could then start to getting back to almost full capacity of seating.”
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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.