Adults With COVID-19 'Twice as Likely' to Have Dined at a Restaurant as Those Without: CDC Study

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Adults who test positive for COVID-19 are “twice as likely” as adults without COVID-19 to have eaten at a restaurant in the two weeks prior to falling sick, according to a new CDC study.

CDC personnel interviewed 802 symptomatic adult outpatients from 11 U.S. health care facilities as part of a study examining factors that contribute to the spread of COVID-19, a report released Friday says. 

The study found that the adults who tested positive for COVID-19 “were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative (COVID-19) test results,” the report said. 

The report didn’t specify whether the study participants who tested positive for COVID-19 and reported eating at a restaurant dined indoors or outdoors. 

“Eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options might be important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the report said. 

“Efforts to reduce possible exposures where mask use and social distancing are difficult to maintain, such as when eating and drinking, should be considered to protect customers, employees and communities,” the report added.

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