Thailand issued a warning early in the pandemic to citizens about the dangers of sharing dishes and cups in a nightlife context. An announcement from the country's health minister in March stated that a cluster of 13 cases had been traced to a group of friends who had been out sharing beverages and cigarettes, and warned the public against this kind of behavior.
Thailand had examined 11 coronavirus cases stemming from a going-away party where one glass of alcohol had been shared among the group. The research found that those who drank from the cup assumed that the alcohol would have a sanitizing effect, killing the virus. However, those people contracted COVID. Meanwhile, four other attendees at the party who did not drink from the infected glass avoided contracting the disease.
The idea of service industry workers even handling a cup that has been used has also led many businesses to temporarily switch to disposable options. This includes Starbucks, which banned the use of personal reusable mugs in March, saying that the safety of employees was a "greater priority" than environmental concerns amid the pandemic.
But while you should be worried about who else has had their hands on your cups, plates, and utensils, the CDC says that the likelihood of prepared food spreading COVID is still very low.
Continue adhering to Covid 19 protocols ;wash hands, wear mask and keep one meter social distance.
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