Study links increase in COVID cases to gyms and restaurants

Posted at 5:22 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 05:25:04-05

FORT MYERS, Fla -- With Coronavirus cases up across the country, a new study reveals gyms and restaurants are the most common places the virus is spreading.

This comes as it seems more and more people are easing up when it comes to COVID-19 precautions. However, experts say now is not the time to let your guard down.

The new study confirms most COVID-19 transmissions occur at places considered “superspreader” sites. This includes gyms, full-service restaurants and cafes where people remain in close proximity to one another for a long time.

Research also showed hotels and limited-service restaurants are linked to increased cases, including takeout spots and fast food places.

The findings come at the same time as a warning from the World Health Organization Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

During the Paris Peace Forum Thursday, he warned against pinning all hope on a vaccine. He said people need to remain vigilant and continue to take precautions.

He also mentioned the situation in European countries which are struggling with the virus hasn't changed significantly, and neither have measures to stop it.

He agreed a vaccine is urgently needed, but that we can't put all our eggs in one basket as we wait for it.