The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Stated on Thursday that going out to eat is a lot riskier than other activities during the ongoing pandemic.
A study carried on 314 adults tested for the novel coronavirus helped the CDC discover that adults who tested positive were about twice as likely to have gone to a restaurant before contracting the virus than those who tested negative.
“Findings from a case-control investigation of symptomatic outpatients from 11 U.S. health care facilities found that close contact with persons with known COVID-19 or going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were associated with COVID-19 positivity,” the CDC stated.
Half of the tested people turned out positive.
The tests were carried at designated healthcare facilities from Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, California, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington.
Researchers asked all participants what they did two weeks before being tested, including wearing masks and visiting public places.
People mostly had similar answers, regardless if they tested positive or negative. However, a significant difference was observed when they were asked if they visited restaurants.
The study shows that those who tested positive were considerably more likely to eat at restaurants in “any area designated by the restaurant, including indoor, patio, and outdoor seating.”
The National Restaurant Association claimed in an email statement to McClatchy News:
“In effect, the lack of a direct correlation should be evidence that, when restaurants demonstrate effective mitigation efforts, the risk is low when dining outside or inside.”
“The methodology used in the recent CDC article focused on the transmission of COVID-19 and restaurant visits contains numerous flaws, and the conclusions of the study are insufficient to guide consumer behavior,” it added.