Erin Bromage, an epidemiology expert and biology professor, joined CNN’s "New Day" to discuss how to safely celebrate the Memorial Day holiday.
Can people have a safe barbecue?
“We can do it safer, but never safely enough,” Bromage says.
Some tips from him:
- Everyone should bring their own food and plastic utensils (no shared bowl of chips!)
- Hot dogs and hamburgers should go directly from the grill to a person’s plate, not to a big tray of food
- Different households should sit together — separately
Are masks needed at a backyard gathering?
“If you’ve got loud friends, yes,” Bromage says.
“Again, if you can maintain the distance while you're outside, you are fine without masks unless you're in an area that is a bit of a hotspot at the moment. Have them with you. … The more households you have, then you may want to think about having masks.”
Can guests go inside your house to use the bathroom?
“Indoors [is] the most risky environment we have for transmission of this virus. But … there's things that you can do to make it just a little bit safer," Bromage says.
He shared these tips:
- Have all the doors going toward the bathroom open, so no one has to touch any other handles
- Have guests use a piece of tissue to open and close the bathroom door
- Make a note to close the toilet seat before flushing
Can people go in the pool?
“Pool water that is properly maintained — and that is important, properly maintained — will be safe,” Bromage says, adding that social distance with people from other households should be maintained in the water too.
Alcohol complicates things
“When we drink a little, we get a little closer, we get a little more touchy … We just need to be careful with that,” Bromage says. He warns that there should be a plan for getting rid of bottles and other garbage quickly after a barbecue to minimize the risk of transmission.