Dining at a restaurant, a risky affair for Covid Transmission


If you are dining at restaurant, then you are a higher risk of contacting Covid-19 virus. This was revealed in a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study found that people at restaurants would come close in contact with persons having coronavirus, which increases the risk. The CDC examined data from adults at 11 facilities across the United States who tested positive for the deadly virus and compared that with a control group of adults without the infection.

The researchers said that the persons going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were associated with Covid-19 positivity. They said that adults with positive test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant as were those with negative test results. The researchers also analysed at how the patients responded to questions about wearing masks and various activities in the community. It also included if they had dined at a restaurant or hung out a bar or went to a gym.

The data revealed that 42 per cent of the people who tested positive had close contact with at least one Covid-19 positive person in comparison to 14 per cent of those who tested negative. They also noted that 71 per cent of the adults with Covid-19 and 74 per cent who tested negative always used a face covering while in public.

The findings showed that eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options might be important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection.


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