More risky, less risky activities for COVID capture

With COVID-19 cases re-emerging in some areas, many people are reconsidering their external activities.

So when you’re heading to the July outings and vacations, experts say you should know the riskiest things you can do.

You’ve probably seen the photos of crowded beaches and crowded bars.

But only one of them is at extremely high risk for COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Low risk activities.

The CDC says the following are low risk:

  • Walk or run outdoors as long as you are not in a close group of friends.
  • Dining outside with the family, provided you are at least 6 feet from other tables and the server wears a mask.
  • Sitting on beaches or in lakes away from other people.
  • Swimming in pools, again at levels of social distance.

Medium risk activities

Listed as moderate or medium risk are:

  • Cutting hair or manicuring, but it is essential that both client and stylist wear masks.
  • Exercising in a gym, with constant cleaning of machines with disinfectant.
  • Fly as long as everyone wears masks. Preferably do not eat or drink during the flight.
  • Visit older parents as long as they have had no symptoms or have been around known COVID-19 carriers.
  • Low-contact team sports, such as youth baseball

Higher risk activities

With cases emerging in many states, the CDC cautions against:

  • Large gatherings anywhere, even outdoors, where speaking aloud can spread the virus.
  • Indoor parties, whether with neighbors, close friends or family. Sit on deck at a safe distance.
  • High-contact sports with players from other communities, such as soccer.
  • Bars, discos and covered restaurants where customers are close together, especially without masks.

That returns to our first question: it is the bars that have the highest risk. Beaches can always be sure the beach is not crowded, as Miami Beach was one recent weekend.

Governors are closing beaches simply because there are too many people gathered there too close together.

Bottom line: Doctors say that by avoiding close contact with other people and wearing a mask in public places like stores, you increase your chances of staying safe and not wasting your money.


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