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Experts Rank Activities Based on Their Coronavirus Risk

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How risky was the stuff you did over Fourth of July weekend? A group of infectious disease experts ranked a bunch of activities by how risky they are.

They looked at four key factors: Is it in an enclosed space? How long do you interact with other people? Are there crowds? And is there "forceful exhalation," meaning things like yelling or singing...

1. Low risk:

  • Staying home
  • Walking, running, or biking
  • Having a socially distanced picnic
  • Picking up takeout or getting groceries.

2. Low to medium risk:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Retail shopping
  • Playing "distanced" sports outside like tennis or golf.

3. Medium risk:

  • Outdoor restaurants
  • Museums
  • Taking a taxi or Uber
  • A doctor or dentist appointment
  • Visiting an E.R.

4. Medium to high risk:

  • Exercising at a gym
  • Working in an office
  • Indoor restaurants and coffee shops
  • Getting your hair or nails done.

5. High risk:

  • Indoor parties
  • Contact sports
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Public transportation
  • Airplanes
  • Concerts
  • Religious services
  • Movie theaters
  • Live sporting events. 


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