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5 Reasons to Avoid Dining Out During the Pandemic

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Diners eat outside at a restaurant in New York City. (Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 14 September 2020 03:46 PM

Eating out carries a high degree of risk for COVID-19 infection. A recent survey presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely as people who tested negative to have reported dining at a restaurant. The CDC said "eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options might be important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection."

According to Business Insider, there are 5 telltale signs that a restaurant may pose a health risk, especially if you are thinking of dining inside as restaurants around the country close their patios during fall and winter months.

  1. The infection rate is high in your area. If there’s been a recent uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in your area, it may be wise to cancel your reservation and eat at home.
  2. There's poor ventilation. According to Health, nine people in a restaurant in Wuhan, China, were infected by the virus as a result of sitting next to an air conditioning vent. According to researchers, one asymptomatic person was seated by the vent and four people at his table tested positive for COVID-19, along with five diners at nearby tables. Experts said that the ventilation system wasn't up to American standards, but that restaurants with open windows ensure that fresh air is circulating. A restaurant with no windows may be a cause for concern, according to Business Insider.
  3. The dining room is crowded. While a full house used to be the sign of a successful eatery, it's a recipe for disaster during the pandemic. Check the restaurant's booking capacity rules before making a reservation.
  4. You aren't feeling well. If you have any symptoms of the coronavirus, avoid public places and get tested.
  5. You are older or have pre-existing conditions. If you are 50 or older and/or have pre-existing conditions that make you more vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 such as diabetes or heart disease, stay home, say experts, according to Business Insider.

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