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As states start to lift lockdown orders and return to business as usual, there has been a substantial surge in cases in certain states, such as Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas. Many people are starting to worry about their risk of catching COVID-19 while doing daily activities.

Experts are working to pinpoint activities that can put you at an increased risk of developing the serious virus. Knowing the risks might help you decide if you want to participate in an activity or not.

5. Spending Time Indoors

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Without a doubt, COVID-19 flourishes in an indoor environment where people spend prolonged periods of time close to each other. This makes indoor activities especially dangerous. Indoor dining, movie theaters, bowling allies, retail stores, churches, malls, and other areas where people gather under one roof puts you at significant risk of contracting the coronavirus

Why is being indoors so dangerous? COVID-19 spreads via respiratory droplets that fly when an infected person talks, sneezes, sings, or speaks. Studies have shown that the closer you are to people the greater the risk. Also, prolonged contact indoors increases your risk substantially.

4. Outdoor Activities

If social distancing is maintained, then outdoor activities pose a medium risk of catching the COVID-19 virus. Lounging on a crowded beach is considered dangerous and increases your risk of contracting the virus substantially compared to going for a solitary walk or jog in a non-crowded outdoor location.

An outdoor concert or sporting event where social distancing is difficult puts you at substantial risk. Picnicking in a group is also dangerous if the group is made up of members who are not from the same household but rather friends, coworkers, relatives, or other individuals who are gathering.

Camping is a very low-risk activity if you do not stay in a crowded campground and you only camp with members of your own household.

3. Socializing

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After spending weeks in lockdown, many people have welcomed the easing of state restrictions and want to immediately start to socialize. However, socializing puts you at extreme risk of catching the virus.

Indoor restaurants with crowds are dangerous, but establishments that practice social distancing and operate at reduced capacity are slightly safer.

Bars and nightclubs are hot zones because people congregate indoors in remarkably close proximity when talking, dancing, and visiting. Even a bar that operates at half capacity is still a red zone for spread.

Church choir practice easily spreads the virus. People inhale deeply and then exhale forcefully while singing, which aerosolizes the virus up to 30 feet into the air. Everyone then inhales deeply to sing and quickly inhales the virus particles. Such a function puts individuals at extreme risk of obtaining a strong exposure to potent viral overloads.

Visiting even a single friend’s home is a risky endeavor because your friend might have recently been exposed to the virus. You will be inside sitting with your friend talking for a long period of time, which increases your exposure.

2. Travel

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With some forms of public transportation you will encounter large crowds, such as subways, bus terminals, airports, and trains. Congregating in a large crowd or being enclosed in a confined space with strangers, such as on a bus, train, or plane, increases your potential exposure substantially.

Riding in a cab is a little less risky than other forms of transportation, especially if you wear a mask and the cab driver also wears a mask.

Driving in your own car is safe if you do not leave the car to get gas or enter a retail outlet. In fact, you are at exceptionally low risk in the safe confines of your own auto.

1. Consumer Activities

Hair Salon

Hair and nail salons have long been places to socialize and gossip. However, the COVID-19 virus has impacted such facilities. Most states have stalled on reopening the establishments until the final stages because they are generally small and serve many individuals in a day. Plus, the services require proximity contact, which encourages the spread of the virus.

If all parties wear a face mask when frequenting hair or nail salons in such locations then the risk lowers, but these places remain dangerous areas to frequent.

Grocery and retail stores often become crowded and not everyone wears a mask in areas without mandates. Also, many might ignore the social distancing rules which make such an indoor location a place where you could potentially face virus exposure very easily. Many people are have opted to use grocery delivery or curbside services to avoid busy retailers.

Picking up takeout is not without risk, but if you avoid going indoors then you are at a lower risk than if you enter the establishment to obtain the order.

Gyms running at half capacity are safer than ones that are fully open and not practicing social distancing. However, please remember that you are indoors at a gym, which increases your risk of contracting COVID-19, and you will encounter strangers so your chances of getting sick with the virus increases.

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