We Asked Experts If It's Safe To Eat At Restaurants, And Here's Their Advice

We Asked Experts If It's Safe To Eat At Restaurants, And Here's Their Advice

7/1/2020 2:00:00 AM

We Asked Experts If It's Safe To Eat At Restaurants, And Here's Their Advice

Here's how to minimize your risk of getting sick while eating out during the pandemic.

whohow manypeople."The risky behaviors of those you are dining with are what impacts the risk of the interaction."It all comes down to who you're dining with, explained Flynn."If you're going to go to dinner in a bigger group think about not only the number but also what type of exposure has everyone at your table had," she said.

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Are you eating with people from your household? If not, have they been socially distancing and wearing a mask?Is it safe to use reusable tableware like utensils, dishes, and glasses?Tap to play or pause GIFTap to play or pause GIFNBCMore or less, yes, says Juthani."To get the virus from objects, the infected person would need to contaminate the object, then you would have to touch it and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth," she explains. So avoid touching your face and wash your hands often, and you'll minimize that risk.

If a restaurant's reusable plates, glasses, and silverware are well-maintained and you trust that eatery has a thorough cleaning process, you should feel OK using them, said Flynn. That being said, some restaurants are erring on the side of caution and using disposable tableware, so if you're really concerned you can always request it.

OK, and what about using a restaurant's restroom?Tap to play or pause GIFTap to play or pause GIFParamount PicturesAs long as you wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating, Juthani explains, you should be safe.According to Flynn, it all goes back to the same hygienic principals. What is the level of ventilation in the bathroom? What surfaces are you touching? How many other people are in the restroom at the same time?

If you're using a public restroom, wear your mask, wash your hands, and if you have to open a door, do so with a paper towel.Oh, and to dispel any rumors, you cannot contract the virus by sitting on the same toilet seat as someone infected with COVID.

Is there a greater risk in eating out than ordering takeout or going to the grocery store?Tap to play or pause GIFTap to play or pause GIFPOPSimply put, yes, according to Flynn. If you're simply grabbing takeout, you're getting your food and returning back home to a controlled space. On the other hand, if you're at a restaurant, there are more people coming and going. You could be exposed to people who are asymptomatic or not following universal masking.

It all goes back to the level of exposure and how long you're in a certain environment, which puts you at a greater risk of contracting the virus, Flynn added.How can people safely decide whether or not it's a smart idea to return to restaurants?

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Tap to play or pause GIFTap to play or pause GIFVimeoUse your best judgment. Consider the restaurant: are the tables spaced apart? Are servers correctly wearing masks when they approach your table? Are those preparing food in the kitchen wearing masks? Also, take a look at your local community.

"If there is a lot of virus circulating, maybe wait to go to a restaurant,"suggests Dr. Juthani. If the level of cases is decreasing where you live, the risk of going out to eat is much lower.If you're eating indoors, make sure the restaurant has good ventilation with open windows or doors, suggests Flynn.

If you're eating outside, ensure that there is proper social distancing — that tables are spread apart or blocked off — and that the restaurant is managing the environment with routine cleaning.Finally, consider your risk tolerance. For the time being, eating out at a restaurant is not risk-free."For the time being without a vaccine and without effective therapies to combat COVID-19, there is always going to be a risk. But these risks can be mitigated by these different pillars of infection control we have in place," explained Flynn.

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