Experts rank daily activities by risk of catching Covid-19
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While the world may be looking more normal than it did during lockdown many of us are still feeling anxious.
Kids going back to school, pubs re-opening and travel picking up mean we’re assessing the risks we’re wiling to take.
To help make us feel more comfortable, scientists have been researching the relative risk of catching coronavirus while doing daily activities.
The Texas Medical Associatio n have looked at what we do in a day and how high the transference risk is for each, reports The Sun.
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Picking up the post, getting a takeaway, filling up the car and going camping were all deemed “low risk” (category 4) activities alongside playing tennis.
Slightly more risky, in the “low/moderate” zone were activities such as food shopping, running or walking with others, staying in a hotel, sitting at the doctor's and eating outdoors in a restaurant.
Plus, surprisingly, spending an hour at a playground, walking on a busy high street and going to the library.
Bumping it up a notch, the “moderate risk” zone included attending a BBQ, eating at someone’s house, browsing a shopping centre, sending kids to school, working in an office for a week and swimming in a public pool.
Plus, visiting the elderly or a friend at their home.
High risk occasions were split into moderate/high and high risk zones.
In the lesser of the two categories (category 7), scientists placed going to the hairdressers, attending a wedding, traveling by plane and hugging a pal.
Plus, playing basketball and football, shaking hands and eating inside at a restaurant.
The highest risk activity of all 37 listed was going to a bar – so no drinks with your mates!
Other category 9, or “high risk” activities included the cinema, buffets, going to a theme park, stadium or concert and attending a religious service with over 500 people.
The best thing you can do to keep your risk of catching Covid-19 low is to wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
Remember, two rounds of the song Happy Birthday.
The study was performed by a group of physicians and infectious disease experts in the USA.
They ranked all of the activities from one to 10 in terms of level of risk.
The Association said: “The levels are based on input from the physician members of the task force and the committee, who worked from the assumption that – no matter the activity – participants were taking as many safety precautions as they can.”
Plus they added that "no matter what they do, it's best if they stay home if possible, wear a mask, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance when they have to go out."
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