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Am I Safe From COVID When I Am Outside?

Health experts say people are significantly less likely to get the coronavirus while outside.  This is comforting as warmer weather approaches and many want to venture out to beaches and parks that have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is important however to:

  1. continue avoiding crowds and
  2. maintain social distancing (6 feet) from others to minimize exposure to the virus.
  3. avoid activities such as beach volleyball because multiple people touching the same equipment can spread the virus.
  4. Playgrounds may pose a danger for the same reason.

Evidence shows that the coronavirus spreads much more readily indoors than outdoors.  The virus is harder to transmit outdoors because the droplets that spread it are more easily disturbed or dispersed outside in the elements than in a closed, confined, indoor setting.

Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocates that people. “Enjoy nature. It’s good for us, and it has very low risk of spreading the virus.  Parks, beaches — as long as they're not cheek to jowl, cycling, walking, this is good.”  Studies suggest activities held outdoors as temperatures warm pose lower COVID risk than those done in confined indoor spaces.

It is OK to go outside for daily exercise and pass by someone.  Simply passing someone for a split second outdoors presents a low risk. The virus can’t magically teleport.  It needs a cough or sneeze or something, singing, talking, spitting.  Each person must decide for themselves as to their own risk tolerance. Indoor spaces such as barbershops are certainly higher risk, though. There are more shared surfaces that could transmit the virus, such as the barber’s chair. Another danger, especially in the summer, is air conditioning, which can circulate the virus through the air.

Dr. Roth at Family Eye Care is always available to help you should you have any eye emergency.  Please call 1-732-679-2020.