Is eating out at restaurants safe right now?

WATCH: Is eating out at restaurants safe?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Many people are asking if it’s safe to eat out as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the Mid-South and the nation.

“I’ve had this thing. It’s awful, some people don’t get it as bad. I don’t ever want to have this thing again. I don’t want anyone else to have it,” said Hans Guenter who contacted covid in March.

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Guenter learned he had COVID-19 after he was rushed to the hospital for double pneumonia.

“So they put me on IV and antibiotics and gave me oxygen through a tube,” Guenter said. “I was in the hospital for three days, and I was discharged, and that evening the doctor called me and said, ‘By the way, you’re covid positive.’

Guenter said even that scare won’t stop him from eating out at restaurants.

“Cause in the back of my head, I know I have some of the antibodies,” Guenter explained. “My approach is if you use caution, be prudent, be smart, wear your mask.”

The rise in COVID cases across the Mid-South and country are raising questions about dining in.

Doctors said there are three categories to consider.

The lowest and safest risk is carryout. Many restaurants offer curbside pickup, carryout or delivery options.

The medium risk is eating outside but being around people is still risky.

Doctors said if you choose to eat out on the patio, make sure the business implemented strict guidelines on mask-wearing and social distancing.

The highest risk is dining inside.

The federal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed adults who tested positive were about twice as likely as those who tested negative to have been to a restaurant.

“Shutting down the restaurants and people’s ability to earn an income, severely impaired if you shut those folks out,” he said.

Doctors said even when you go out to restaurants, make sure tables are at least six feet.

Some of you have questions like can they contract the virus from food. The CDC said there is no evidence of that happening.