During the COVID pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that certain types of activities in particular can pose a serious risk to COVID: those that are indoors with poor ventilation where people tend to congregate with each other. And although most states have now reopened most businesses, Anthony Fauci, MD, the nation’s foremost immunologist, warns that three specific businesses should remain closed amid COVID.
During an appearance on MSNBC All In on September 17, host Chris Hayes he pointed out that Arizona, Texas and New York benefited from the closure of some factories. And Fauci said: “I totally agree”
“In fact, the CDC just came out – if you go to their website – with a figure that’s really significant. It shows the risk odds of different types of situations that give you a higher risk of transmissibility,” he explained. The CDC Fauci study referred to COVID cases examined in 11 U.S. healthcare facilities and looked at the ratio of patients who received negative versus positive COVID test results and where they had been in the past two weeks. Read on to find out the three activities that create the most COVID risk, according to the CDC and Fauci. And for riskier behaviors to avoid, check out 24 things you do every day that put you at COVID risk.
Fauci pointed out that one of the three riskiest places to go is gyms, where people tend to breathe heavily, expelling the most potentially contaminated droplets and where there is no filtration of outside air.
Of the patients studied by the CDC, 7.8% of those who tested positive had been in the gym in the past two weeks, while only 6.3% of those who tested negative. And for more information on COVID and gyms, check out This Is The Absolute Worst Place to Go in Your Gym during Coronavirus.
“You have to look very carefully at things like bars, [which] they are a very important place for the spread of infection. There is no question about this, “Fauci told Hayes.” And this becomes particularly important if you are in an area where there is a high degree of community spread. “
In the CDC study, 8.5 percent of people whose tests tested positive had been in a bar in the previous two weeks, compared with 5 percent of patients with negative test results.
The CDC found that the largest disparity between COVID positive patients versus COVID negative patients was restaurants: 40.9 percent of COVID patients had dined out two weeks earlier compared with only 27.7 percent of those who had negatives.
“When you have restaurants indoors in a situation where you have a high degree of infection in the community, you don’t wear masks, that’s a problem,” Fauci said. “So those are things that are crystal clear.” And for more COVID updates, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Although Fauci didn’t call them himself, the CDC report he referred to noted a stark difference between the percentage of people with positive COVID tests who had gone to church or another religious gathering (7.8%) and the percentage of people with negative COVID tests they had (5 percent). And for more information on this study, check out These are the 4 places people went before they got COVID, the study says.