As the country sees spikes in coronavirus cases, the risk of contracting COVID-19 has increased in a bar setting.
Bars and restaurants in Florida and Texas have closed down bars to slow the spread of infection.
Dr. Marissa Levine, director of the Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice at the University of South Florida in Tampa, said the virus tends to spread more in bars due to people, close proximity, and alcohol.
“For the virus, it’s a wonderful (combination); for us, not so good,” Levine told TODAY.
The outlet also spoke to Dr. Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha, division chief of infectious diseases at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who said that states voluntarily closing down their establishments is an “excellent move.”
If You Want to Go to a Bar
Both experts expressed concern about going into a bar, but offered their insight about what to do in order to stay safe.
Assess the risks: People should think about how they could possibly experience serious complications from the deadly virus. “You can’t just think about yourself,” Levine said.
Remember the basics: Wear a face mask when you are not drinking, maintain social distancing and wash your hands thoroughly.
Opt for an establishment with outside seating: When it comes to socializing, being outdoors is safer, but you should still maintain physical distancing.
Don’t share drinks: This could be risky when it comes to spreading the virus.
Keep your mask on, even in the bathroom: Experts have reported that toilet flushes can aerosolize the virus.
Limit your alcohol intake: This is just common sense to maintain control and to stay safe.