A new study found that the indoor bar opening event held in rural Illinois in February was linked to 46 COVID-19 cases, highlighting the danger of indoor gatherings in places such as bars.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the incident was related to 26 cases of COVID-19 among customers and 3 of the bar staff when the bar opened. They subsequently spread the virus to another 17 people and did not open the bar. , Is called a “secondary case.”
The study found that the second event included 12 people in eight families with children, two in the school sports team, and three in the nursing home. These events indicate a possible chain reaction of an event. The epidemic resulted in the closure of a school for 650 students and the hospitalization of residents of a nursing home.
As many states lifted restrictions on bars and other businesses, this result became a warning. With the increase in hospital admissions, Illinois has recently postponed further reopening steps, but the turnover of bars and restaurants is currently limited.
The results of the study pointed out: “These findings indicate that wearing a mask and physical distancing when opening an environment such as a bar is a challenge and will increase the risk of community transmission.”
The CDC recommends a series of measures to reduce risks in bars and other environments, including reducing occupancy, spacing people at least six feet apart, improving ventilation and emphasizing outdoor seating, which is significantly safer.
The virus was introduced to the nursing home through participants in a bar activity working in the nursing home, and there were no symptoms, causing another staff member and two residents to be infected. According to the study, although all the staff and residents of the nursing home have been vaccinated before, none of the four have been vaccinated, which seems to highlight the problem of vaccine hesitation.
The study also shows the importance of staying at home when sick or diagnosed with COVID-1
The study said that although it is not yet clear how many people will participate, the bar can hold about 100 people. There was no distance between the participants, the use of masks was “inconsistent” and there was “no external airflow.”
The study found that after the incident, the level of coronavirus transmission in rural Illinois that has not yet been discovered more than doubled, from about 41 cases per 100,000 people to about 86 cases per 100,000 people.
For a long time, indoor restaurants and bars have been regarded as risk factors for the spread of COVID-19 because they make people close indoors and it is difficult to wear masks when eating.
The study found: “Similar gatherings involving diet, such as dining in restaurants, weddings and nightclubs, increase the risk of acquiring COVID-19 and may become super-spreading activities,” the study found.