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

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

While the restrictions may have been lifted from grocery stores, malls, restaurants, gyms and even theatres alike, a recent study might help shed some light as to which of these places should be clearly marked as the red danger zone.

"CDC to me appears to be writing hit pieces on the administration", Paul Alexander a senior adviser to Caputo wrote, calling on CDC director Robert Redfield to adjust two already published reports that Alexander claimed overstated the risks of coronavirus to children and undermined Trump's plan to reopen schools.

Relaxation of face mask requirements in restaurants, coffee shops, and bars could make the venues prime areas for transmission of coronavirus, reported HealthDay (Sept. 10).

Fisher suggested that both customers and employees implement "protective steps to reduce potential exposures to COVID-19 during on-site eating and drinking" such as "encouraging employees who are sick to stay home, requiring frequent employee hand-washing, requiring masks and offering options for delivery and pick-up". However, people who tested positive revealed they were more likely to have visited a restaurant or a bar, where on-site dining was allowed, within 14 days before the onset of the illness.

"Masks can not be effectively worn while eating and drinking, whereas shopping and numerous other indoor activities do not preclude mask use", the study says.

As for mask-wearing, 71% of adults with COVID-19 said they always wore a mask in public, while 74% of negative testers also admitted they wore a face covering, according to the survey.

"If people are going to eat out, they need to be thoughtful about how they're going to do it", Rice said.

"Exposures and activities where mask use and social distancing are hard to maintain, including going to places that offer on-site eating or drinking, might be important risk factors for acquiring COVID-19. Such aerosolized droplets may also travel as far as 26 ft. during sneezes and 15 ft. during coughs".

From April 1 to July 10, Salt Lake County identified 17 childcare facilities, including day-care centres and day camps, with at least two confirmed COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period. Restaurants were able to open at 25% capacity and with social distancing between tables, among other safety measures.

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. One mom ended up requiring hospital care for COVID-19.

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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