Fear of Omicron is killing festive finger food: Party hosts will ditch dips, nuts and canapés at Christmas buffets and ask people to sanitise their hands on arrival, 調査は明らかにします
クリスマス party season is about to get underway…but festive sharing food could be off the menu for many hosts, after people said they’d be wary of buffet dining for fear of catching the new Covid variant オミクロン.
Bite-size yuletide favourites including nuts, olives, crisps, canapes and dips look set to get the chop as concerns over the latest variant grow.
保健大臣 サジド・ジャビド is yet to put Christmas festivities on hold until more is known about Omicron, saying UK cases are ‘very low’ – but a new survey this week suggests that 63 per cent of UK adults will give finger foods a wide berth at upcoming parties this year.
Buffets may be a festive staple but this year party hosts are ditching sharing platters – including nuts, olives, canapes and dips – over fears that it could help spread new Covid variant Omnicron
The study was carried out by leading hygiene solutions provider, INEOS Hygienics, and questioned 2,023 adults about their plans for the traditional party season.
周り 58 per cent of people said they’d feel worried at the sight of a buffet at party, assuming it would lead to closer contact with guests.
The study also suggested that almost a quarter of people – 24 パーセント – will ask their friends and relatives to frequently sanitise their hands during Christmas meet-ups.
George Ratcliffe, Chief Operating Officer of INEOS Hygienics, 前記: ‘We are facing a dilemma this festive season over what to feed guests, or what food to expect if you’re visiting relatives or heading off to the office party.
‘Finger foods have long been a popular but now people are more mindful of passing on viruses to loved ones and colleagues. ‘Hand hygiene is an essential tool in protecting ourselves and those around us.’
Dishes that could be off the menu include buffet staples such as crisps, ナッツ, canapes and dips, as well as salads, mini burgers and popcorn. Boards of Mediterranean-style antipasti now also come with a side-portion of risk, 人々は言った.
Party hosts say they’ll dodge buffet woes by offering individually-wrapped items including crisps and nuts – ただで 20 per cent of hosts saying they’ll continue to offer treats such as ham and pineapple sticks.
他の場所, one in seven said people would leave hungry after admitting they’ll not serve any food, only drink if they’re hosting.
The survey also found that a BYO approach could work – with one in five saying they’d ask people to arrive with the snacks they’d like to nibble on. 全体, 15 per cent said their ‘first priority’ was keeping friends and family safe in the festive season.
Israeli scientists claim Pfizer’s booster jab provides up to 90% protection against severe illness from Omicron
People who get a booster Pfizer Covid vaccine or who had their second jab within six months should be highly protected against Omicron, Israeli health chiefs claim.
Without citing any data, Health minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Tuesday that there was ‘room for optimism’ based on ‘initial indications’.
Just hours later, a report by an Israeli news channel claimed the Pfizer jab was 90 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic infection from Omicron, just slightly less than Delta.
チャネル 12 also claimed the super mutant is just 1.3 times more infectious than the dominant Delta variant — much lower than initially feared.
The news comes after two new cases of Omicron variant were identified in Israel, bringing the total to four. The country closed its borders to foreigners at midnight on Sunday to stem the spread of the new strain.
Mr Horowitz told local reporters on Tuesday: ‘In the coming days we will have more accurate information about the efficacy of the vaccine against Omicron.
‘But there is already room for optimism, and there are initial indications that those who are vaccinated with a vaccine still valid or with a booster, will also be protected from this variant.’
A spokesperson for the Health Ministry last night said it was not yet in possession of the data published by Channel 12.
But the comments come after the co-founder of BioNTech – which developed the Pfizer jab – said he was confident it would hold up against Omicron.