One of the side effects of a global pandemic is a recurring bout of cabin fever. Walking can be a great way to ease the sheltering-in-place blues, but doing so safely takes some extra care.
Follow these eight easy tips for safe walking during coronavirus. You and your family will be better protected from infection, while boosting your immune system with sunshine, fresh air and exercise.
8. Stay at Least 6 Feet Away from Other People
Social distancing is one of the best ways of avoiding coronavirus during walks.
Respiratory droplets of COVID-19 virus can spread from person to person through the air between them. According to the World Health Organization, it’s the most common way this virus is spread.
Keep at least six feet away from others, but the further the better. Watch for people approaching before they get close. Switch to the other side of the street, or step aside into a safe area where you’re not risking harm from traffic.
7. Wear a Face Mask
Wearing a protective face mask while out walking among other people just makes good sense. The virus droplets from people’s noses and mouths are less likely to spread when face masks are used, and used properly.
Be sure to wear a clean mask for every outing. The Mayo Clinic recommends it be made of cloth with multiple layers. If reusable, wash the mask in soap and hot water between uses.
It’s also a good idea to buy or make face masks with pockets for filters. Using filters can increase your protection from respiratory droplets. Follow the filter manufacturer’s guidelines for duration of usage and any cleaning tips. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to use a fresh filter each time you wear your face mask while out for a walk.