You're 10 Times More Likely to Get COVID Here Than Anywhere Else

Doing this puts you at more risk than going to a restaurant.

As COVID cases continue to surge in the U.S., experts are trying to identify where the majority of cases are coming from. While many cities have implemented another round of lockdowns—insisting people stay home to get the situation under control—the virus continues to spread, and it may not be from the places you'd expect. According to New York contact tracing data, the majority of cases in the state are from household and social gatherings. To find out more about where people are getting sick, read on, and if you're worried you're sick, This Is How to Tell If Your Cough Is COVID, Doctors Say.

On Dec. 11, Governor Andrew Cuomo presented contact tracing data that found that 74 percent of COVID cases from September to November were from private gatherings in people's homes. That's a much larger number than the 1.4 percent of cases from bars and restaurants. As of Dec. 14, restaurants have paused indoor dining, per Cuomo's directive.

And the 74 percent from household gatherings is nearly 10 times higher than the second-highest driver of COVID cases: healthcare delivery. This source, which accounts for 7.8 percent of infections, includes necessary services in medical facilities. The disparity between the number of cases spawning from household gatherings and cases originating anywhere else is notable.

Cuomo said he found the information troubling but ultimately comprehensible. "In many ways, you can understand what happened. You close bars, you close restaurants, you close theaters, you close stadiums, you close mass gatherings. So, where do people go? They go home," Cuomo said. He went on to point out that the high percentage of cases from gatherings has likely been compounded by Thanksgiving celebrations. The governor added that they "believe this is going to continue to increase over the holidays."

Of course, COVID cases are originating from several different places, according to the contact tracing data. Keep reading for the next most common sources, and to see the state of the pandemic in your area, This Is How Bad the COVID Outbreak Is in Your State.

Higher education students

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2.02 percent

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Education employees

Teacher and students wearing masks during coronavirus pandemic back to school

1.50 percent

Restaurants and bars

Four young women sitting in restaurant, wearing face mask on chin.

1.43 percent

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Travel and vacation

Travelers on a plane wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

1.06 percent


players at a high school football game
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1.04 percent

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Public sector including police, firefighters, EMS, and military

Firefighter wearing a mask

1 percent

Public and private transit

Woman wearing surgical protective mask going to work, holding railing of bus
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.96 percent

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Person manufacturing

.84 percent

Religious activities

People wearing masks in church

.69 percent

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Construction worker wearing a face shield without a mask

.65 percent


Two woman walking downtown, holding shopping bags, and doing some window shopping while wearing protective face masks during phase 2 of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

.61 percent

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