Does dining out increase the risk of COVID-19 infection? Here’s what a new study reveals

Both indoor and outdoor dining pose a risk of infection because people can’t eat or drink with a mask on, the CDC noted.

Close contact with COVID-19 patients, and dining at restaurants and pubs, are associated with testing positive for the novel Coronavirus infection, as per the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published recently by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the research, adults who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) were nearly two times as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than those with negative test results.

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Both indoor and outdoor dining pose a risk of infection because people can’t eat or drink with a mask on, the CDC noted.

The study looked at symptomatic outpatients from 11 US health care facilities, and involved a comparison between COVID-19 patients with a control group comprising symptomatic patients who tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.