Eating out is among riskiest activities during COVID-19 pandemic, CDC says

Grant Boone
September 12, 2020

Adults who tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant within a two-week period prior to becoming sick, according to a new study from Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

Murphy said "the chances are relatively low" there will be any significant spikes in COVID-19 cases after he lifted restrictions on restaurants.

The group was asked to answer questions about their recent community activities, including on-site restaurant dining, and those who tested positive were almost twice as likely to confirm they had eaten out in the 14 days before the onset of symptoms.

While fighting back in some instances, CDC officials have increasingly relented to political officials who have demanded that they be able to review the reports at at times compromise the wording, three people familiar with the exchanges told Politico. The sample included 154 participants who tested positive for SARS-Cov-2 and 160 who tested negative. The results highlight the differences in community and close contact exposures between adults who tested positive for COVID-19 and those who tested negative, and has implications for risk factors that may need to be considered as countries across the world are resuming activities.

From April 1 to July 10, Salt Lake County identified 17 childcare facilities, including daycare centers and day camps, with at least two confirmed COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period. The middle class families feeling incredible financial strain because of Trump's mismanagement aren't looking for more political spin from the White House - they're looking for real plans and real leadership on this crisis that Trump has shown himself totally unable to provide.

Dining in was banned in 42 states, and Nebraska and Virginia put caps on the number of people restaurants could seat in March.

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They each reported similar activities in the two weeks before to being tested for the coronavirus, such as going shopping, working out at a gym, using public transportation or attending a religious service.

Now, most states have lifted their bans, partially or entirely, in fits and starts.

Although office workers are also seated in a closed space, higher rates of infection in restaurants may be related to the obvious obvious impossibility of wearing masks while eating or drinking, as well as poor ventilation.

The study also points out that many reported cases tied to restaurants have been linked to air circulation.

Interviews with around 800 people ages 18 and older across 10 different states (California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington) were conducted for the study, which did not differentiate between outdoor and indoor dining - dining took place in "any area designated by the restaurant, including indoor, patio, and outdoor seating" according to the study.

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