For many months, health experts maintained that COVID-19 is spread via respiratory droplets, primarily person-to-person. In recent months, it has become increasingly evident that it can also be transmitted through tiny aerosol particles spread through the air. Because of these two methods of infection, health experts have always urged people to stay outdoors as much as possible, and, when heading inside, to make sure to wear a protective face mask. When it comes to potential risk of infection, there is a great deal of variance amongst indoor spaces, and one of them in particular is the most dangerous of all, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading coronavirus expert.
During a Wednesday interview with Wired, the key member of the White House Coronavirus Task force was asked if he was “going to do a bar anytime soon,” and his answer was “no.” Why? Enclosed drinking holes put you at an increased risk of both types of transmission. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Why Visit at a Bar Could Be Fatal
“When you’re talking about a crowded place where people tend not to wear masks and you’re indoors, that’s a perfect setup for any kind of transmission, larger droplet transmission, as well as aerosol,” he stated.
He also pointed out that when reports and photos surface of people congregated in these situations, the infection rate generally increases accordingly.
“When you look at the hotspots of transmission, when you’ve seen people crowded at bars with no masks, that’s when you start to see the uptick of test positivity,” he said. Ultimately, it can be fatal, as it “leads to increased cases, and then increased hospitalizations, and then the vulnerable people who get serious illness get in trouble.”
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How to Stay Safe
Dr. Fauci reminds that his recommendations to prevent the spread of coronavirus — which includes staying out of bars — are only a temporary sacrifice.
“If we pull together as a nation in a unified way to address this outbreak, by adhering to the prudent and careful public health principles, that will allow us to continue to open up the economy and not shut down,” he explained.
“We should not despair, because despair makes you throw your hands up and say, ‘it doesn’t matter what I do, what’s going to happen is going to happen,'” he continued. “That is incorrect. It does matter what we do. And if we do it for a while longer, we will look behind us and the outbreak will be behind us, not among us. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.