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Stop going to bars, Dr. Fauci tells Americans

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Americans have to stop going congregating in bars, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said Tuesday.

But he said people can and should still have fun.

“Bars: really not good, really not good. Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really have got to stop that,” Fauci said to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on “COVID-19: Update on Progress Toward Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School.”

Since states started gradually reopening, bars have proven to be a perfect breeding grounds for the virus, healthcare professionals say.

At least 85 people contracted coronavirus after visiting an East Lansing, Michigan, bar earlier this month. In Louisiana, health officials say they’ve received at least 100 reports of positive cases from people who visited or worked at Tigerland bars in Baton Rouge.

At least one Idaho county moved back a stage in reopening, announcing bars and nightclubs would not be allowed to remain open after many of the state’s new cases were associated with people who reported having a night out. And in California, the governor ordered bars closed in seven counties Sunday, days after saying an increase in cases was driven by young groups and gatherings.

But Fauci said that doesn’t mean we have to restrict everything, “because people are not going to tolerate that.”

“We should not look at the public health endeavors as being an obstruction to opening up. We should look at it as a vehicle to opening up,” he said.

“We’ve got to be able to get people to get out and enjoy themselves within the safe guidelines that we have,” Fauci said. “Make public health work for you as opposed to against you.”

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    1. When did he say protesting and looting and rioting is aokay? I’ve heard him say the opposite. And who ever spends a couple of hours in Costco and Home Depot with a big group of friends, all crowded together? Plus, you have to wear a mask in Costco, and in Home Depot starting tomorrow.

      According to polls, a large majority of Americans trust him on providing public health advice.

    2. Last time i was in Costco there was a person at the entrance limiting the number of people in the store at any one time. Also, No mask No entry. Everyone had to wear a mask. So, Costco is the Right example to use for a retailer doing the Right thing the Right way.

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