Should You Go to the Mall During this Pandemic?

Stella Shih, Journalist

FILE – In this May 29, 2020, file photo, people wearing face masks take an escalator to the second floor of the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration on Thursday, June 18, 2020, mandated that Californians wear masks in most indoor settings as the state continues to battle the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) (AP)

The mall is a busy place. It’s a place where people can shop, relax, and eat. But should you go to the mall while coronavirus is still spreading? To answer this question, you need to know all the risks of going to the mall in the Bay Area. 

Going to the mall has a moderate risk of getting Covid. This quote gives you an idea of the risks, “In Alameda, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma and Santa Cruz counties, for example, there’s a roughly 1 in 3 chance that a group of 25 random people would have a COVID-positive person.” As of September 10th, “San Francisco reported its 88th COVID-19 death and 46 new cases for 10,120 in total.” 

Though wearing a mask has benefits, it cannot protect you for sure. According to an article written by Rick Kushman, from UC Davis, an interview with Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital states that, “‘A range of new research on face coverings shows that the risk of infection to the wearer is decreased by 65 percent,’ said Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “Though you are wearing a mask, the coronavirus is an airborne illness. The amount of time that you are exposed to it will affect the risks of getting infected. “‘If you’re going past someone very quickly in a grocery store,’ Blumberg said, ‘the risk of getting infected is very low. It’s really lingering and talking that does it.’”

In summary, though the chances may seem low, there is never a zero percent chance that you will get covid-19. When going to the mall, you need to consider the area you are in, and the amount of time you will be spending there. And of course, always wear a mask.