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When it comes to getting sick with COVID-19, you might be thinking about this, and we have too. Joey Quigley asked, “What’s the risk if I go to a potluck?”

We asked the experts: Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at the Mayo Clinic; Katie Cary, Vice President of Infection Prevention for HCA Continental Division, and Dr. Irfan N. Hafiz, infectious disease physician and Northwest Region chief medical officer at Northwestern Medicine.

Their take: The risk of contracting COVID-19 from attending or hosting a potluck is high.

“The more you increase the number of people, the harder it is to be sure that everyone is OK. And second, it’s also as if there is somebody who is potentially transmitting. There’s more people that they’re likely exposing,” Dr. Harfiz said.”If we’re doing it in a small group of say 10 or less people, I think the risks are starting to get low. But as you start increasing that number, the risks start to get higher and higher and the needs to social distance become greater and greater, which gets by itself harder and harder to do as you start getting up to 15 or 20 people. That gets really difficult to manage there.”

“The risk with scooters or bikes comes from many people kind of touching the same surface primarily. And so, yes, it is possible it is lower risk than coming face-to-face with someone that’s infected. But we would encourage people to reduce that risk. You can wipe down the handlebars or any surfaces that you’re touching and make sure to wash your hands well before and after you use those as well.”

“Risk with a public setting is having people touching the same surfaces or whether it’s a serving spoon or a dish or container, having multiple people touch that …read more

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