States are slowly reopening across the country and many of us are sick of cooking at home. It all raises the question: as restaurants begin serving, is it safe to dine out during the pandemic?
So I talked to two infectious disease experts about how we can best minimize our risks of contracting the virus while dining out during the pandemic.
Can you contract the virus through food? Let’s say someone working in a restaurant kitchen is infected with COVID-19. Can you then contract the virus by eating food that person has handled?
Is dining outside safer than dining indoors, even at a decreased restaurant capacity?
So how can you minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 while eating out?
How safe is group dining? Is it riskier to go to dinner with a party of six than with just one other person?
Is it safe to use reusable tableware like utensils, dishes, and glasses?
OK, and what about using a restaurant’s restroom?
Is there a greater risk in eating out than ordering takeout or going to the grocery store?
How can people safely decide whether or not it’s a smart idea to return to restaurants?