How much risk of getting COVID-19 are you running if you go to a restaurant?

Restaurants in Mexico City will begin to implement a new measure next week: restricting the sale of alcohol.

The provision indicates that the establishments that belong to this line of business should no longer sell alcoholic beverages after 7:00 p.m.

And in the face of this change, you may wonder, how much risk is there of catching the new coronavirus if you go to a restaurant?

It is true that when you try to enter one of these establishments, one of the requirements is that masks or masks, although at the time of eating you will necessarily have to take it off.

“In a restaurant bar you are going to eat and you are not going to wear a mask; the risk increases if there are a high number of people and the environment is not well ventilated”Said Dr. Alejandro Macías, infectologist and former commissioner against the A-H1N1 virus.

Currently, the capacity restrictions for restaurants indicate that they can only be at 30 percent of their occupation indoors and 40 percent outdoors.

The position of restaurants as ‘super-spreading’ sites for the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not new: Researchers from Stanford University and Northwestern University used data collected between March and May in US cities to map the movement of people .

Through this, they were able to see the amount of time and the areas frequented by individuals, and then combine that data with information on the number of cases and how the virus spreads to create models of infection.

What did they see? For example, in Chicago, the study model predicted that if restaurants were to reopen at full capacity, they would generate nearly 600,000 new infections, three times more than with other sites.

Added to this is an analysis by the firm JPMorgan Chase & Co, which found that the level of spending per person in restaurants three weeks ago was the strongest predictor of where new cases would emerge.

In summary, the risk in these sites can be high, so you must take the necessary precautions to avoid contagion, for example:

* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that ordering food at home is still the safest option when it comes to food from a restaurant.

* If you decide to go to a restaurant, it is preferable that if there is the option, you choose to eat outdoors.

* In case this is not the case, check that the tables between the diners are well separated from each other.

With information from AP and Bloomberg

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