U.S. doctors list five reasons for vetoing religious services

U.S. doctors list five reasons for vetoing religious services
U.S. doctors list five reasons for vetoing religious services

A American Medical Association (AMA), the largest association of doctors and medical students in the United States, advises against opening religious temples and holding face-to-face services during the Covid-19 pandemic. The organization expressed its position during a Supreme Court trial last November.

The court lifted restrictions on the number of people who can attend religious services in the state of New York. The restriction had been imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, with the aim of preventing agglomerations in regions most affected by the pandemic.

According to the AMA, however, the gathering of many people in closed environments represents a “great risk of the spread of Covid-19”. “The risk of attending a religious service is similar to that of attending a sporting event in an enclosed location, going to a bar or eating in a restaurant,” said the organization.

In New York, during the most restrictive phases of fighting the pandemic, all of these activities were prohibited. Even with the advancement of the vaccination campaign, bars and restaurants still operate with reduced capacity and large sporting events are prohibited.

The association also drew up a list of the top five reasons why religious cults are dangerous events during the pandemic:

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Closed spaces: Since the beginning of the health crisis, several foci of infection have been linked to indoor events. Even though good ventilation can reduce transmission, there is no scientific consensus on standards for controlling the spread of coronavirus indoors.

Agglomerations: The larger the group of people that meets during the pandemic, the greater the likelihood that there will be infected people among those present.

Distance: The droplets transmitting the coronavirus can remain in the air and travel more than 1.80 meters indoors, according to the AMA. The scientific community has not yet reached a consensus on what is a “safe distance” to keep from other people, but it is known for sure that the greater the social distance, the greater the security.

Long exposure: The amount of virus that a person is exposed to can influence the chance of infection and the severity of the disease. Therefore, staying in the same place for longer creates a greater risk of infection.

Speak loudly and sing: When speaking in a higher tone of voice or singing, the human being expels significantly more droplets of oral fluid than normal. The droplets can remain in the air for 8 to 14 minutes before evaporating.

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