Study: Households that host social gatherings have higher rates of COVID-19 spread – UPI.com

Infection rates were 31% higher among households in high-transmission areas in which a member celebrated a birthday, the data showed. They were about 57% higher in households in which a child celebrated a birthday and about 22% higher in those in which an adult did so. “Informal gatherings, such as birthday parties, are still an important source of COVID-19 transmission that have received less attention up until now and should not be overlooked by the public,” study co-author Christopher Whaley told UPI in an email. “Many policies designed to slow COVID-19 spread previously were targeted at formal gatherings [such as] work, travel, dining, etc., but our findings suggest that [informal] gatherings may have deserved additional focus,” said Whaley, a researcher with the RAND Corporation in Berkeley, Calif.

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