There is no Silver Bullet solution to ensure that you do not get coronovirus, but there is much to reduce your risk. And according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) it’s not just what you do, but also what you do No While COVID is still on a large scale. A study recently shared by the Health Authority showed that one activity is associated with about 40 percent of positive cases: eating in a restaurant. The CDC is now urging people to stay away from such settings, and to encourage enhanced security measures for those who still decide to protect them. According to the study, researchers rounded up a random group of COVID-positive patients and collected extensive data on their backgrounds. This included their demographic symptoms, chronic underlying medical conditions, symptoms, potential exposure to any COVID positive patients, potential workplace exposure, and community activities within 14 days of their first symptoms. Participants were then asked about their mask-wearing habits and any possible community performance activities, including social gatherings, shopping, dining in restaurants, and more. Patients identified each habit on a five-point Likert scale ranging from “never” to “more than once per day” or “always”.
After reviewing the data, two habits are directly associated with COVID transmission: having close contact with someone who subsequently tested positive (51 percent of these were family members), and restaurants in the last two weeks Spent time in As the study states, “Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were nearly twice as likely as those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results to report having a meal at a restaurant.” It included restaurants with indoor, courtyard and outdoor seating. Researchers suspect that it increased the risk of COVID, explained by the fact that eating in restaurants and wearing masks is not at all the case. Even those people who take the waiter’s safety precautions, when the waiter brings their food, they let their guard down. This is why the CDC supports policies protecting customers, employees and communities – even where wearing masks is a challenge. Using outdoor seating, wearing masks until food arrives, and sitting at tables at least six feet from others can make all the difference. Related: For more information, sign up for our daily newspaper.
So, to avoid COVID, leave the restaurant for now. Option to order takeout, or plan a socially distant picnic for the time being. You are better protected than sorry, even if you miss your favorite haunt. And to learn more about restaurant risks, check out The Air in Restaurants at this place 3 Times Dirtier.
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