We've all seen the protests and the parades with people complaining about the restrictions placed on us by COVID-19.  It's been two months since the Coronavirus reared its ugly head in the Buffalo area.  But are the risks and precautions overblown?

WIVB-TV highlighted an experiment using a fluorescent substance and black lights to just how quickly a virus, like COVID-19 might spread in a restaurant or a closed setting.

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The study was performed by experts on contact infection and Japan’s NHK, the country’s national public broadcaster.

During the experiment, one of the ten participants played the infected person.
The fluorescent paint was applied to that person’s palms to replicate what might happen after a sneeze was covered with the hands.

All ten then enjoyed a buffet-style meal for 30 minutes before a black light was used to track the spread of the “virus.”

Traces of the fluorescent paint had spread to numerous dishes, the faces of three people, and the hands of all participants.

According to experts, the video demonstrates the coronavirus’s efficiency at spreading on surfaces and to people.

In a second experiment, subjects washed their hands before and during eating, and workers disinfected commonly touched surfaces, according to CNN. When researchers turned on the blacklight, none of the “virus” had spread to the other diners.

The precautions are an inconvenience, and everyone, including myself, are missing social interaction, and having to think twice when going to the supermarket, drugstore, or simply out for a walk or grabbing our mail.

But considering the spread, and looking at areas of the nation and the world that have eased restrictions, and coincidentally have seen upticks in cases, isn't it worth a the inconvenience?

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