3 riskiest places you should avoid visiting during COVID, according to Dr. Fauci

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For representational use [Image: PTI]
For representational use [Image: PTI]

New Delhi : Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have shared the three most riskiest places to catch COVID.

During an interview with MSNBC All In host Chris Hayes, Dr Fauci said, “The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] just came out with a figure that's really telling." It shows the odds of risk of different types of situations… Coming right out at you from the figure is restaurants, bars, and gyms." 

Likely referring to a recent CDC study showing that people with COVID-19 infections were significantly more likely to report having visited a restaurant or bar in the previous two weeks than those without the infection.

“When you eat or drink at a restaurant or bar or work out in a gym, you're more likely to be indoors and less likely to wear a mask. And in the context of a location that you already know has a high rate of coronavirus infections, those risks are even higher,” Dr. Fauci explained. 

“When you have restaurants indoors in a situation where you have a high degree of infection in the community and you're not wearing masks, that's a problem,” Dr. Fauci said. “Bars are a really important place of spreading of infection, there's no doubt about that."

Also keep in mind that there are factors that you can control—and those you can't. You can control your own mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing habits, for instance. But you can't necessarily control how well others are going to follow those recommendations or whether or not local governments will put stay-at-home order in place or force the places that pose the highest coronavirus risks to stay closed.

If making decisions about where to go, who to see, and how to spend your time are confusing right now, that's understandable. Above all, remember that you can't control all the risks, so it's important to control the ones you actually can.