How safe is indoor dining during COVID-19?

Dr. Jen Ashton has the latest data on the risks of eating inside restaurants.
2:25 | 09/17/20

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Some of the major developments we're tracking. Now more than 29.8 million coronavirus cases confirmed around the world. The global death toll rising past 940,000 people with more than 196,000 in the united States. With us starting things off is ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton. We're trying to control cases in this country and around the world. There's a new study that has some concerning findings when it comes to eating indoors in restaurants as we're seeing so many states, New York City next week, allowing this to take place. Exactly. This is something we want to get back to so badly. You are talking about the four components -- time, space, a lot of people and a place indoors. Recent study put out by the CDC defines indoor dining as a risk that's well-documented. They looked at people head to head comparing them with exposure in the last two weeks. Indoor dining, shopping, hair salons, religious services. Those who were positive were more than twice as likely to have dined indoors versus those who tested covid negative. No other activities. Gyms, anything else conferred a significant risk. This was important data. You're sitting there for a long period of time without a mask, talking, laughing, drinking, eating. It makes sense. It's just one study. What else is known about the risk of restaurants? We say it all the time observation and association while very important, does not prove cause and effect. It does help us connect the dots. When you look at past data we have comparison between New York City and Madrid, Spain. New York City and Madrid had sigh high numbers in the spring. New York City contained those numbers very, very well. They've been very, very strict. The rates continue to be low. Madrid in June opened their restaurants at 60% occupancy. They opened bar service. Their rates are right back up to where they were in the spring. Now it is so important, this is an industry that took a major hit. We want and need the restaurants to be there when we come out of this. Support the restaurants. Tip heavily. Dine outdoors if possible or order take-out. We all want them back. We certainly do. Thank you, Dr. Jen. We'll turn the erielle reshef with the latest headlines

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