“Is Dining Out Too Risky”

One of the more common pleasures has been dining out. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a cloud over the safety of eating out. Even sitting down at a Cracker Barrel without fear of dying would be nice right about now. But can you do so without risk? And should you? Most of the data says that dining out is really risky and should be done so with caution, if at all. Even outdoor dining is considered risky as it also requires social distancing. You certainly cannot eat with a mask on and we are now told that this is a key component to curtail the spread of the virus. If we can believe it, a recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the Unites States of America (PNAS) study showed that while social distancing is effective, social distancing combined with mask-wearing is even better. Researchers concluded that “wearing of face masks in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission, and this inexpensive practice, in conjunction with simultaneous social distancing, quarantine, and contact tracing, represents the most likely fighting opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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