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Coronavirus Update: CDC Study Suggests Adults With COVID-19 Around 'Twice as Likely' to Have Dined at Restaurant

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Good morning, it’s Friday, Sept. 11. Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 28.2 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 910,000 deaths.

The U.S. has surpassed 6.3 million cases with 191,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 37,581 new cases reported Thursday, which is higher than the 30,983 cases reported the day earlier. 614,042 new tests were reported. And 1,170 deaths were reported yesterday, which is higher than the 1,089 reported the day prior.

In a new study, the CDC has found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were around twice as likely to have reported that they dined at a restaurant in the past 14 days.

The researchers wrote, “eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options might be important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. 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.

These results come from a case-controlled investigation of symptomatic COVID-19 patients from 11 U.S. healthcare facilities. Those facilities were located in 10 states which include California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington.

The CDC notes that this investigation was done in July. In total, the CDC collected data from 314 adults. 154 of those adults tested positive for the virus, while 160 tested negative.

The researchers wrote, "reports of exposures in restaurants have been linked to air circulation. Direction, ventilation, and intensity of airflow might affect virus transmission, even if social distancing measures and mask use are implemented according to current guidance.”

But, it should be noted that the study did come with some limitations, more research is needed to determine whether or not similar findings would emerge if there was a larger group of patients, and the question that was asked to assess dining at a restaurant did not distinguish between indoor versus outdoor dining.

The Association of Food and Drug officials put out a statement in response to the study saying that the “Study was built looking for common places of exposure and does not gather much of the desired information about those individuals with restaurants and bar exposure including things such as: did those with or without COVID-19 eat or drink indoor or outdoors, did they go to coffee shops or bars which were a single category in the study.”

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