Dr. Fauci Advises Americans To Avoid Bars

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Amid reports of a rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S., Anthony Fauci, an American physician who serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has advised Americans to avoid going to bars even as the country begins to loosen public gathering restrictions that were enacted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. "Bars: really not good, really not good. Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really have got to stop that," Fauci said in a committee hearing centered on the progress towards safety amid a pandemic. "If we are going to contain this, we have got to contain it together," Fauci said.

Fauci stressed of better ways to have safer social interaction by getting outside yet wearing masks and keeping a distance from others, which studies have pointed makes transmission of the coronavirus far less likely. "You can get outdoors, you can interact, wear a mask, try to avoid the close congregation of people, wash your hands often, but don't just make an all or none," Fauci said.

States in the U.S. that have been particularly hit hard by coronavirus cases have all moved to shut down bars. These states include Texas, Arizona, and Florida. California is also following suit in areas with high infection numbers. Fauci admitted it's unrealistic to request Americans to avoid social interaction in all, but encouraged people to do so safely.

"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." "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 stressed.