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

What Makes Bars and Restaurants Potential Covid-19 Hot Spots [View all]

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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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
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