As businesses across the nation have been operating, Dr. Anthony Fauci is issuing a dire warning.
Fauci, an immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made an appearance on MSNBC, where he discussed the three types of businesses that may most likely help spread COVID-19 rapidly.
The expert said that closing bars, restaurants, and gyms helped New York, Arizona, and Texas slow the spread of the deadly virus.
“In fact, the CDC just came out—if you go on their website—with a figure that’s really telling. It shows the odds of risk of different types of situations that give you a higher risk of transmissibility,” he said.
The report he referred to had studied cases in 11 outpatient healthcare facilities. Data shows that 7.8 percent of adults with COVID had visited a gym in the past two weeks, while 8.5 percent visited a bar or coffee shop. However, dining out is riskier, while 40.9 percent of people who tested positive for COVID-19 had eaten at a restaurant.
“When you have restaurants indoors in a situation were you have a high degree of infection in the community, [and] you’re not wearing a mask, that’s a problem,” Fauci said.
On Monday, days after updating its website to state that the coronavirus is mainly airborne, with droplets remaining suspended in the air and traveling more than six feet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that they had erroneously posted the guidance.
“A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website,” the organization said of the changes that were published on Friday. “CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.”
A CDC study published earlier this month found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were “twice as likely” as adults without COVID-19 to have eaten at a restaurant in the two weeks prior to falling sick. The report didn’t specify whether the study participants who tested positive for COVID-19 and reported eating at a restaurant dined indoors or outdoors.