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Why you shouldn't eat out for Valentine's Day: An epidemiologist explains a few facts of life

While Valentine’s Day is typically a night to celebrate, it might be best to order takeout this year because of the pandemic. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Why you shouldn't eat out for Valentine's Day: An epidemiologist explains a few facts of life

While Valentine’s Day is typically a night to celebrate, it might be best to order takeout this year because of the pandemic. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Why you shouldn't eat out for Valentine's Day: An epidemiologist explains a few facts of life

While Valentine’s Day is typically a night to celebrate, it might be best to order takeout this year because of the pandemic. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Why you shouldn't eat out for Valentine's Day: An epidemiologist explains a few facts of life

While Valentine’s Day is typically a night to celebrate, it might be best to order takeout this year because of the pandemic. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Dining indoors remains a high-risk activity. The most effective prevention strategies – ventilation, physical distancing and wearing masks – are challenging in this setting.

Ryan Malosh, University of Michigan

Editor’s Note: With another holiday approaching, it’s tempting to want a taste of freedom from COVID-19 social distancing. Who doesn’t want sweet nothings over a glass of Champagne and some chocolate cake? But it’s also important to remember that daily case numbers are still higher now than they were throughout most of 2020. The risk of catching COVID-19 is still extremely high in most parts of the country. Epidemiologist Ryan Malosh answers some questions about eating out and socializing.

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