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Drexel assistant professor on COVID spread: 'I'm recommending stopping indoor dining altogether'

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2021-03-25 12:17:08

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley didn't mince words when he discussed the state of the coronavirus in Philadelphia Wednesday.

"This is a very dangerous period. We have not yet vaccinated enough people," warned Farley.

He is reminding residents to keep social distancing and stay masked up.

"We're at more than 400 cases per day. We know that death tends to lag behind that so I would expect we're going to have increased deaths from COVID," said Farley.

SEE ALSO: COVID-19 vaccine may provide relief for 'long haulers'

There could be possible relief for long haulers, the people who still have COVID symptoms months after recovering from the virus.

Dr. Usama Bilal, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University, wants officials to shut down all indoor dining right away.

"I'm recommending stopping indoor dining altogether. The evidence is very, very clear," said Dr. Bilal.

He says he's compiled stats from 20 studies conducted both here and in

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