New COVID cases in California hit an all-time high. Here’s a fact-check on how the virus spreads

U.S. Army Sgt. Richard Guzman, right, receives an N95 respirator fit test from U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Logan Landes, in Long Beach, California, April 28, 2020. Photo by the National Guard.

People have repeatedly heard that stopping the spread of COVID-19 requires wearing a face mask, staying six feet apart, and socializing only outdoors. Socializing is the drive behind this recent surge. Restaurants have put tables shoulder-to-shoulder on sidewalks and/or set up big tents full of people. Is that safe? What are the chances of getting COVID-19 at these outdoor gathering spots?



  • Omai Garner - Director of Clinical Microbiology at UCLA Health