Trump just declared houses of worship essential. Mounting evidence shows they're super-spreader hotspots. - 2020-05-22

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F88.png Trump just declared houses of worship essential. Mounting evidence shows they're super-spreader hotspots. May 22, 2020, Aylin Woodward, Business Insider

Although many people want to return to houses of worship, especially during a scary and stressful time, mounting evidence shows these places to be among the riskiest for coronavirus spread.

Clusters of infections can often be traced back to a super-spreader event, in which one person infects an atypically large number of people. So far, these events have shared a few key characteristics: They've mostly been indoors and put lots of people from different households in close, extended contact. That's precisely the type of gathering that churches, mosques, and synagogues facilitate.

"You can't have a super-spreading event unless there are a lot of people around, so you have to be very careful still about gatherings of people of any size — that includes religious services," William Schaffner, an infectious-disease expert from Vanderbilt University, told Business Insider.

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