Before you get too upset over the country's rash of bar closures ahead of 4th of July weekend, take note: The nation's top infectious disease expert says bars and nightclubs are currently the most dangerous places in the United States.
Speaking at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he supported bar shutdowns in such states as Texas, Arizona, Florida and Delaware, saying people who go to drinking establishments are putting their lives at risk. "Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news," Fauci said. "We really got to stop that right now."
The reason bars and nightclubs are so dangerous is the coronavirus can easily be transferred from person-to-person in indoor settings, especially in crowded areas that force people closer together, Fauci said. Plus, people in bars tend to shout, which expels airborne particles of potentially-infected saliva even further, he added.