Is it safe to eat or drink at an indoor restaurant? It is not worth the risk, says Assistant Professor and germ expert Dasantila Golemi-Kotra

Dasantila Golemi-Kotra, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, was interviewed on Global News Radio’s The Morning Show, about whether she would eat or drink at an indoor restaurant at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic. She answered that she would not do it because there are a number of known and unknown risks. The largest risk is poor ventilation, Golemi-Kotra said, at a time when there is concern among some scientists and doctors that the virus may be airborne through small respiratory droplets. Add in the risk of frequently touched surfaces, the plume created when a toilet is flushed, people speaking loudly to be heard over the music, and a natural tendency to lower our guard when alcohol is consumed, and it is not worth the risk says the microbiologist and germ expert. Listen to the interview here.