Dining Out Associated With High Risk of CCP Virus Infection: CDC

Henrietta Brewer
September 14, 2020

Earlier research from China published in April had also reported an incident of COVID-19 transmission in a restaurant in Guangzhou, China, where one coronavirus-positive diner passed on the infection to nine more people dining there.

As researchers continue to look at how the coronavirus is spreading across the US, a new study that looked at two childcare centers in Utah found infected children under the age of ten have been shown to spread the virus to at least one to four people outside the childcare facility. This continues to be of concern as schools and daycare centers reopen across the country.

The study revealed that at least 12 of 46 non-facility contacts got the virus, one of whom had to be hospitalised. In another, one of the parents had to be hospitalized. Transmission was documented from these children to at least 12 (26%) of 46 non-facility contacts.

However, researchers couldn't identify the source of the outbreak in the third center.

Authors of the CDC's weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) include several career scientists, many also holding PhDs, including Editor-In-Chief Charlotte K Kent, who has almost three decades of experience "directing the development, implementation, and evaluation of surveillance, epidemiologic, and health services research, and in managing public health programs at the local and federal level, including internationally".

Furthermore, the same patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were also the ones likely to have reported visiting a coffee shop or a bar.

The study also showed that two to three asymptomatic children also transmitted the disease.

The MMWR has largely operated without political interference according to longtime health department officials, but since his assignment to the position, Mr Caputo and his team have reportedly attempted to include caveats to the CDC reports including a retroactive addendum that infers sick Americans have contracted the virus due to their own personal behaviour and not as a matter of failings on the administration's behalf. Those participants had experienced symptoms of the virus, with 154 testing positive and 160 testing negative.

Comparing the activities of people who did and did not have COVID-19, the investigators found no significant differences in their patronage of venues where the use of face masks at all times was required (such as taking public transportation, shopping, or attending church).

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