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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:32 PM Jul 2020

What Makes Bars and Restaurants Potential Covid-19 Hot Spots

Public-health experts and government officials say they are worried bars and restaurants are playing a significant role in increasing Covid-19 case counts across parts of the U.S.

These spaces pose particular challenges for transmission control because of both human behavior and the way the coronavirus spreads most efficiently—indoors through close, prolonged contact without protection. Potentially risky behavior includes loud talking, not wearing masks and drinking alcohol, which can make people less risk-conscious, scientists said.

To limit transmission, public-health experts recommend people stay 6 feet apart, wear masks, practice good hand hygiene and avoid touching their faces.

“It’s much harder to do those four things in a bar or restaurant than in a workplace,” said Lisa Lee, an infectious-disease epidemiologist and associate vice president at Virginia Tech. In work and office settings, it can be easier to socially distance, control who is present and wear masks continuously, plus people aren’t normally drinking, she said. “Generally, office work will be much less risky than a bar kind of situation.”


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What Makes Bars and Restaurants Potential Covid-19 Hot Spots (Original Post) Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jul 2020 OP
Ever been in a crowded bar with the patrons at a 80% "hammered" level? OAITW r.2.0 Jul 2020 #1
Alcohol causes hearing loss Cirque du So-What Jul 2020 #4
Huh? customerserviceguy Jul 2020 #7
It does apparently FreeState Jul 2020 #8
Duh . . . Ms. Toad Jul 2020 #2
amen to that n/t Lulu KC Jul 2020 #5
I believe the bathrooms are a high contamination site .. FarPoint Jul 2020 #3
It is very difficult to eat and drink through a mask. n/t marie999 Jul 2020 #6

OAITW r.2.0

(24,307 posts)
1. Ever been in a crowded bar with the patrons at a 80% "hammered" level?
Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:43 PM
Jul 2020

It's the ideal social place for the virus to party in.


(10,570 posts)
8. It does apparently
Fri Jul 3, 2020, 02:59 PM
Jul 2020

New to me but I have a really hard time hearing when I’ve had a drink or two. Always attributed it to loud atmospheres.


Alcohol can cause temporary hearing impairment

The tiny hair cells in our ear receive the sounds we hear, and then translate them into signals our brain can understand. Alcohol can damage these hair cells which can lead to permanent hearing loss long term.

Alcohol affects the composition and amount of fluid in your inner ear

This is important because the fluid in our ears help to maintain our balance. When we drink alcohol, the alcohol gets absorbed into the fluid in our ears and can remain there even after it has left the blood and the brain. The absorption of alcohol into this fluid can not only cause temporary hearing loss, but can also cause us to feel dizzy or spatially disoriented.

Ms. Toad

(33,999 posts)
2. Duh . . .
Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:46 PM
Jul 2020

Does anyone seriously not understand that? (With the possible exception of anyone who has never been in a bar?)


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3. I believe the bathrooms are a high contamination site ..
Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:51 PM
Jul 2020

In Bars, frequent need to eliminate....poor handwashing, contaminating the faucets, sinks, TP rolls, door knobs..all without disinfectant of area... that's a source...in my opinion.

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