Please pardon another post about the Maryland Republican congressman Andy Harris, but, in a radio interview posted to his Facebook page, he just went off on restaurants being linked to the spread of coronavirus. He says they are not “significant contributors” to community spread. He’s basically quoting what you can hear on FOX “News” any day, and it’s pretty pathetic coming from someone with a medical degree. (Harris can call himself a doctor, but I prefer “someone with a medical degree.” Last spring, when he joined protests against Gov. Larry Hogan’s COVID-related restrictions, I thought his license should have been yanked.) If you want more information about the science behind the concern about restaurants and bars — where people need to take their masks off to eat and drink — there are plenty of facts available. In fact, just a few days ago, PolitiFact ran down Laura Ingraham’s dismissal of restaurants as a factor in community spread and found that she was wrong. So is Harris. Here’s the short version:

  • The coronavirus can spread during restaurant dining as patrons take off their masks to eat or drink. Indoor restaurants without spaced-out seating are considered risky.
  • A September CDC report found a link between testing positive for the coronavirus and going to locations with on-site eating and drinking options, such as restaurants. 
  • A November modeling study published in Nature suggested full-service restaurants are among the types of public places most responsible for the spread of the coronavirus.
  • In fact, plenty of evidence suggests restaurant dining has helped spread the coronavirus. Places that allow indoor dining and don’t follow safety protocols are considered especially unsafe.

Here’s the CDC report from September.

3 thoughts on “Andy Harris again criticizes government action to control spread of the virus

  1. Before he began to plague us with his right wing conspiratorial “analysis” of these and other things, Andy Harris was an anesthesiologist. If you get the chance, ask him if he and the surgeons wore masks when in the operating room while administering to a patient. Ask him why this was done. Ask him what would happen to a surgeon, operating room nurse, or anesthesiologist who refused to wear a mask in the operating room on grounds of “freedom”.

    If you get the virus on your hands you are not infected. You get infected when it gets in your nose and mouth.
    When you eat and drink, you must remove your mask and put your hands in proximity to your nose and mouth.
    It is not rocket science. It isn’t anesthesiology either.

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