NRA Statement on CDC Publication "Community & Close Contact Exposures Associated with Covid-19 Among Symptomatic Adults >18 Years in 11 Outpatient Health Care Facilities"
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Now, more than ever, it is essential that the public is able to make decisions about activities outside of their home based on complete and accurate information about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We still do not find evidence of a systemic spread of the coronavirus coming from restaurants who are effectively following our Restaurant Reopening Guidance, encouraging guests to wear masks, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene. In effect, the lack of a direct correlation should be evidence that, when restaurants demonstrate effective mitigation efforts, the risk is low when dining outside or inside.
The methodology used in the recent CDC article focused on the transmission of COVID-19 and restaurant visits contains numerous flaws, and the conclusions of the study are insufficient to guide consumer behavior. Across myriad industries including gyms, restaurants, and retail, the conclusions reached by the researchers are not supported. Furthermore, the results calling out restaurants specifically are not supported by the data nor the methodology.
First and foremost, there is no direct correlation between actual transmission taking place in a restaurant versus other locations (all self-reported in the study).
Correlation Does Not Equal Causation - Customer behavior outside the venue remains the major contributing factor in transmission.
On the venue subject, the CDC study fails to distinguish between bars and coffeeshops, two establishments with decidedly different atmospheres and customer behavior. Additionally, it did not ask whether participants had dined indoors or outdoors.
Even the CDC recognizes the limitations of the study within its report: