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?
Low Risk Activities
Walking, running, or biking
Having a socially distanced picnic
Picking up takeout or groceries
Low to medium risk
Playing “distanced” sports outside, like tennis or golf
Taking a taxi or Uber/Lyft
Doctor or dentist appointment
Visiting an E.R.
Medium to high risk
Exercising at a gym
Working in an office
Indoor restaurants and coffee shops
Getting your hair or nails done.
Bars and nightclubs
Live sporting events
Of course, any of these activities done while practicing physical distancing will help lower the risk of illness being spread. If those around you are wearing a mask, that is protecting you as well. Consider wearing a mask to return the favor. Face coverings are required in many parts of Northern California anyway.