Are you twice as likely to contract COVID-19 by eating out? A new study says yes

Are you twice as likely to contract COVID-19 by eating out? A new study says yes

PITTSBURGH — Local restaurant owners are nervous after a new study came out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found you’re nearly twice as likely to get COVID-19 if you go out to eat.

The study was released the same week that Governor Tom Wolf announced plans to increase indoor dining capacity to 50%.

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According to the study, researchers surveyed more than 300 people who reported symptoms. Nearly half said they ate at a restaurant days before getting sick. The report suggests that because of the difficulty to social distance or use masks, eating inside a restaurant creates a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

Not everyone is buying the results, though.

“It sounds very doubtful. Everybody including myself in this business has gone above and beyond -- employees and customers,” said Jeff Dzamko, manager of Father’s Diner.

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