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David Weber, MD, MPH

As fireworks shows and 4th of July events return across the Triangle, doctors stress the need for people to celebrate safely.

“The Delta variant has steadily increased in the US from just being a few percent a number of weeks ago to CDC reports more than 20% of all the cases,” said  David Weber, MD, MPH, in an ABC-11 news report.

“Sitting at say an outdoor stadium watching fireworks, where people are packed shoulder-to-shoulder may be for a prolonged period of time, hours, people are screaming, and yelling, and shouting, and having fun. That clearly increases the risk and there is some risk of transmission when people are very close.”

Weber is professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and the medical director of hospital epidemiology at UNC Health.

Read more or watch ABC-11.