We have created and published a new etiquette guide on how to use restaurants in the COVID-19 disaster and why it is important. A single illustration covers preventive measures such as "wearing a mask" and "keeping conversations moderate or in low voice", and this can be freely used by schools, companies, public institutions, etc. for printing as posters or handouts.
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Proper "COVID-19 Countermeasures in Restaurants" as Taught by Emergency and Intensive Care Physicians
Dr. Taka-aki Nakada
Representative Director, Smart119 Inc.
Professor, Department of Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine
◆Countermeasures against COVID-19 in restaurants (Why it is important?)
・Why? - wearing a mask
Because it can reduce the risk of infection at close range and airborne infection.
It is useful when it is difficult to secure approximately 2 meters distance.
COVID-19 can infect people even when they are asymptomatic, so be alert and wear a mask properly.
・Why? - Hand washing and disinfection of surfaces of objects
This is because respiratory droplets can adhere to the surface of objects, and there is a high possibility that they can be transmitted from hands that touch the surface to the eyes, nose, and mouth.
・Why? - Monitoring of body condition such as taking temperature
One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is fever.
The need of taking temperature is because it is necessary to contact a medical institution if infection is suspected, and to seek medical attention immediately if symptoms are urgent.
・Why? - Moderate or whispered conversation during meals
This is to reduce the respiratory droplets generated by conversation.
Inhalation of the droplets and adhesion to mucous membranes can lead to infection.
If there is a need to speak loudly, wear a mask!
・Why? Reduce the number of seats & do not share the table.
This is to ensure a distance of at least 2 meters.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly between people who are within about 2 meters of each other.
This is the same reason why people should avoid sitting face-to-face.
・Why? Recommendations for food delivery, takeaway, etc.
The risk of infection can be reduced by reducing the time and opportunities to come into contact with infected individuals.
・Don't pass around food and drinks
There is a risk of catching the virus through the saliva of an infected person.
It is not recommended to share things because it also increases the risk of infection from hands.
◆What is important
Moderate conversation while eating and drinking, and use a mask when talking!
◆Things that are recommended to be used actively, if possible
・Alcohol and other disinfectants
・Hand washing facilities
・Disposable items such as gloves