Danica Patrick broke free from quarantine over the weekend to enjoy a dinner out with friends for the first time since March. The workout guru and former NASCAR driver shared a photo of herself and three friends enjoying a meal.
“That feeling you get when you go out to dinner for the first time in months!!!!” she captioned the post.
While Patrick broke no coronavirus rules or state mandated guidelines, the photo drew mixed reactions in the comments.
“Do you think this pandemic is a joke? Covid19 knows no boundaries,” one person said.
“it’s still early to leave. There is still a high incidence of patients with covid19. And none of you wear masks. Stay home for your health; is my suggestion,” another added.
“I guess if you can’t be part of the solution you can be part of the problem,” a third said.
Not everyone was mad at Patrick.
“Good for you! We opened up 2 weeks ago and were thrilled to go out to dinner outside of our home. We are healthy and happy here!” a supporter wrote.
“Good for You. Ignore all these Complainers and Whiners,” another replied.
“Enjoy it. Wish I could do that,” another noted.
Patrick’s boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, revealed on a conference call with the media last week that he has some issues with the ongoing quarantine.
“I think we all were buying into the idea of quarantine to flatten the curve,” Rodgers said. “And, I think there are a lot of questions now that it’s more of a house arrest to find a cure with people wondering exactly what that means as far as the future of the country and the freedoms we’re allowed to have at this point.
“There’s really a lot of problems going on in the country right now associated with the fear around this pandemic, and I hope that we can use some common sense moving forward and make decisions that are going to be in the best interest of all people moving forward,” he added. “And, I hope that sports is a part of that at some point.”
While some states are opening up, health officials still urge social distancing and gathering in small groups.
Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.