CDC Just Warned Against Going Here Anymore
Over the course of the pandemic it has become increasingly clear that some places are more risky for COVID-19 transmission than others. This is why city and state governments have opted to put certain restrictions in place, limiting gatherings in public and private venues. During Friday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that new research has identified one of the key places where you are likely to catch the virus. Read on to find out where—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Walensky of the CDC Said People Caught COVID at Restaurants
Referencing new research published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Dr. Walensky threw down the cold, hard facts. "We have demonstrated that masks work," she said, adding that in-person dining does not. "This is not the first report that demonstrates the impact of in-person dining and how cases and deaths will follow after in-person dining," she pointed out.
"Mandating masks was associated with a decrease in daily COVID-19 case and death growth rates within 20 days of implementation. Allowing on-premises restaurant dining was associated with an increase in daily COVID-19 case growth rates 41–100 days after implementation and an increase in daily death growth rates 61–100 days after implementation," the CDC report reads. "Mask mandates and restricting any on-premises dining at restaurants can help limit community transmission of COVID-19 and reduce case and death growth rates. These findings can inform public policies to reduce community spread of COVID-19."
"I think all of this is very consistent," Dr. Walensky continued. "I think we've known that restaurants have led to cases, have led to clusters. So I think this is yet another report at a large population level or a durable period of time that has demonstrated that you have decreases in cases and deaths when you wear masks and the increases in cases and deaths when you have in-person restaurant dining."
Therefore, she states that the CDC "would advocate for policies" requiring masks and limiting in-person dining "certainly while we're at this content of a high number of cases."
How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic
So follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.