Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US’ top infectious disease expert, said going to an indoor bar is one of the most dangerous things people can do right now.
A growing body of evidence shows that the coronavirus travels well between people indoors, when crowds are close together, talking loudly, and sharing the same air.
Outdoors is a much better place to visit with friends and family during the pandemic, and Fauci said if you “wear a mask” and “avoid the close congregation of people” it can be a safe way to “have some social interaction.”
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had some sharp words for America’s most cavalier bar goers on Tuesday, who he said are putting others at risk of death from the coronavirus.
“Bars, really not good. really not good,” the infectious disease expert said during a US Senate committee hearing on Tuesday morning. “Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really got to stop that right now.”
Fauci added that he’s “quite concerned” about the outbreak’s concentration in four states — Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona — which together are shouldering “more than 50% of the new infections” around the country today.
“We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day, I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned,” he said. “It could get very bad.”
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