Cake in the face: birthdays push up Covid risk by 30%

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Cake in the face: birthdays push up Covid risk by 30%

US study finds households have marked increase in infections after gatherings

Senior features writer

When people celebrate their birthdays without practising Covid precautions, coronavirus celebrates its own propagation.

Households with recent birthdays were 30% more likely to have a Covid-19 infection, compared to those with no birthdays, a new study by Harvard Medical School, in the US (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2781306), found.

“These gatherings are an important part of the social fabric that holds together families and society as a whole. However, as we show, in high-risk areas, they can also expose households to Covid-19 infections,” said the senior author Prof Anupam Jena, a public health policy specialist at Harvard...

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