Those eating at restaurants most likely bring in Covid; CDC study finds

Grant Boone
September 14, 2020

"In addition to dining at a restaurant, case-patients were more likely to report going to a bar/coffee shop, but only when the analysis was restricted to participants without close contact with persons with known COVID-19 before illness onset", the scientists added.

The CDC says its findings are important for evaluating the reopening of not only the restaurant industry, but other community activities that present possible risk of exposure, such as schools or office buildings.

Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci has taken a firm line against the idea of eating in restaurants or hanging out in bars or coffee shops (via Restaurant Business).

"Implementing safe practices to reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2 during on-site eating and drinking should be considered to protect customers, employees, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19", the report concludes.

These 314 were then divided into 154 people who had tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, with 160 of them as a control group, indicating that these individuals had tested negative for the virus.

Although similar numbers reported always wearing a mask or face covering when in public places (71 percent of positive cases compared to 74 percent of negative cases), the CDC study found that that those who tested positive were twice as likely to have eaten at a restaurant in the two weeks before testing positive.

"Vice President Biden has said many times that if we level with the American people about the challenges we face, we can get through them together".

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The team stated exposure in restaurants was previously linked to ventilation and the airflow, which affects how the virus is transmitted. "Such aerosolized droplets may also travel as far as 26 ft. during sneezes and 15 ft. during coughs".

At the end of August, New Jersey's Gov. Phil Murphy announced restaurants could resume indoor dining, with restrictions, ahead of the Labor Day weekend, reported NJ.com (Aug. 31). They also had to rate how well they followed the social distancing rules.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy allowed indoor dining to return September 4 at 25% capacity almost six months after dining rooms were shuttered to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

Restaurants will have to abide by other rules including temperature-checking guests at the door, enhanced filtration, and one member of each party providing contact information for tracing purposes.

Cuomo noted that the state of New York had set a deadline of November 1 to reassess if the state will allow up to 50% capacity in New York City restaurants. In another, one of the parents had to be hospitalized.

As per the study, there were no significant differences between positive and negative cases when it came to their pattern and behaviour of going out.

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