Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans should not congregate to eat or drink indoors even if they've been vaccinated against COVID-19.
What are the details?
In a Sunday discussion with MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan, the infectious diseases expert warned people against congregating indoors to consume food and beverages in any fashion while unmasked.
Hasan asked Fauci, "What is the message to vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans as to what they should and should not be doing right now? For example, eating and drinking indoors in restaurants and bars — is that OK now?"
Fauci responded by pointing out that rising COVID-19 infections across America should give people extreme cause for concern when deciding to dine or drink inside eateries and bars without a mask.
He answered, "No, it's still not OK for the simple reason that the level of infection, the dynamics of infection in the community, are still really disturbingly high. Like, just yesterday, there were close to 80,000 new infections, and we've been hanging around 60,000, 70,000, 75,000."
He added that all Americans — vaccinated or not — ought to continue wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and pointed out that the possibility still remains that vaccinated people can pass the coronavirus infection along to others.
"If you're not vaccinated, please get vaccinated as soon as a vaccine becomes available to you, and if you are vaccinated, please remember that you still have to be careful and not get involved in crowded situations, particularly indoors where people are not wearing masks," Fauci implored.
"And for the time being, until we show definitively that a person who's vaccinated does not get this subclinical infection and can spread to others, you should also continue to wear a mask," he insisted.
Dr. Fauci On The Latest U.S. Covid-19 Response | MSNBCwww.youtube.com