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(CNBC)   New study finds credit card spending at restaurants leading indicator for increases in COVID-19   (cnbc.com) divider line
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976 clicks; posted to Business » on 27 Jun 2020 at 4:20 PM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-06-27 4:31:47 PM  
17 votes:
In other words, gatherings of people in a closed environment where none of the patrons are wearing any sort of mask because they're regularly interacting with their faces are more likely to facilitate the spread of contagions than grocery stores that now often limit the amount of concurrent shoppers and require patrons to wear masks.

In other other words, wear a mask and eat at home if you care about your health and those around you.
 
2020-06-27 5:23:53 PM  
7 votes:
It's not necessarily eating out at restaurants per se that's causing it, it's saying that eating out at restaurants is a predictor, a proxy for all the behaviours and activities that allow it to spread.

This indicator could be a sign that people are out and about and mixing in public, and visiting restaurants is one of the activities that are being done (and which can be easily captured from credit card data).

The JP Morgan report also says that increased spending in supermarkets also predicted a decline in cases.
 
2020-06-27 4:29:58 PM  
5 votes:
I don't think they can determine the percentage of delivery versus curbside versus outside versus inside from just the credit cards. Maybe they can tell what's on DoorDash etc., but there are some places also doing their own delivery that didn't before the virus.

Feel free to prove me wrong.
 
2020-06-27 5:01:36 PM  
4 votes:

drjekel_mrhyde: POS machines can't protect you if they aren't constantly wiped down.


This really should be used as an opportunity to mandate all merchants to accept contactless payments. A lot of places already own the hardware, they just need to enable it in software.
 
2020-06-27 7:42:20 PM  
3 votes:
I get carry-out and I probably won't be dining indoors for awhile. I wear a mask everywhere and gloves while using a metal door opening on keychain. It gets sanitized after every use.
 
2020-06-27 5:10:33 PM  
3 votes:

Mad_Radhu: drjekel_mrhyde: POS machines can't protect you if they aren't constantly wiped down.

This really should be used as an opportunity to mandate all merchants to accept contactless payments. A lot of places already own the hardware, they just need to enable it in software.


All the places I shop at accept ApplePay.
I wear nice clean cheap loose fitting garden/work gloves when shopping.  They slip off easy when I need to use my phone and I can put them back on just as easily.  Less hand-sanitizer needed. Less chance of cross contamination. Don't have to keep wiping down my phone.
Gloves just get tossed on the floor and later go in the wash.
 
2020-06-27 5:21:40 PM  
2 votes:
Correlation/Causation yardda yadda.
 
2020-06-27 4:38:12 PM  
2 votes:

Nullav: In other words, gatherings of people in a closed environment where none of the patrons are wearing any sort of mask because they're regularly interacting with their faces are more likely to facilitate the spread of contagions than grocery stores that now often limit the amount of concurrent shoppers and require patrons to wear masks.

In other other words, wear a mask and eat at home if you care about your health and those around you.


All of this.

Indoor gathering spaces that are not continuously ventilated to outside = presumed swamps full of covid.

My city did VERY well on the start of the wave. We locked down early and we were down to literally 1 case every day or two.

We've doubled our total number of cases in the last 2 weeks, including 30 of our now 50 active cases in the last 5 days.

I give it another week or so before we return to partial lockdown...
 
2020-06-28 12:07:33 AM  
1 vote:
After a while America will learn to wait as long as it takes to survive and recover from the virus -- maybe 4 months to 2 years -- before wanting to jump whole hog into the pile of sh*t that awaits customers three weeks out.
 
2020-06-27 4:25:10 PM  
1 vote:
POS machines can't protect you if they aren't constantly wiped down.
 
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