With COVID-19 cases surging in states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new guidelines along with easy-to-follow questions and answers about the virus.
The following questions focus strongly on how to reenter society, safely engage people, safely use public transport, and what to do if you get sick with the coronavirus. The CDC also released a serious of questions that you can use to determine your potential risk for contracting the virus.
13. Does interacting with people increase my risk of contracting the virus?
Please remember that interactions with a variety of people increase your risk substantially. If you regularly interact with the following, then you are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Joining or associating with a large group of people who are not wearing face masks or practicing acceptable social distancing will substantially increase your risk of catching the coronavirus.
- Engaging with strangers or numerous people every day, such as at work or various functions.
Many individuals might have the virus but remain asymptomatic and display no symptoms but are still highly contagious. In some cases, the symptoms might not have manifested yet, but they are still able to transmit the infection to others.
12. Why maintain social distance indoors and outdoors?
For months, health officials have advised people to maintain at least six feet of distance between you and others to curb the potential for spreading or catching the virus. This is true whether you are indoors or outdoors. Without a doubt, the closer you are to another person the greater your risk contracting COVID-19.
Older individuals and those with a compromised immune system are at increased risk of death if they contract the coronavirus. It is imperative that you try to stay away from older adults or those with underlying medical conditions.
Congregating indoors is far riskier than outdoor spaces, where it is easier to stay apart from individuals. Plus, indoors there is far less ventilation so the air can become stagnant and more laden with viral particles.