Methodist Healthcare - February 08, 2021

COVID–19 has affected our outlook on much of our everyday life and redefined what many of us consider “risky.” But with this new reality, rather than pressing the pause button on most of some of these activities until COVID-19 is “over,” is there a way to safely go out to eat or get that haircut?

Here are a few factors to consider when evaluating daily activities:

  • Can I keep six feet of space between myself and others? As the space between you and others you do not live with decreases, your risk increases.
  • What type of environment will I be in? Indoor activities are considered more risky than outdoor activities because you are usually in a confined space with less ventilation.
  • How long will I be interacting with other people? As the duration of time increases, so does your risk level.
  • Will I be wearing my mask? Taking off your mask in public, around people that you do not know can increase your risk of exposure.

What are low risk activities?

Activities with lower risk are those that you can still maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and others. Additionally, outdoor activities decrease your risk of catching COVID-19. Examples of low risk activities include:

  • Going for a walk, run or bike ride
  • Curbside pick–up
  • Gardening
  • Pumping gas
  • Relaxing outdoors with a small group of friends or family

What are medium risk activities?

Activities are considered moderate risk when you increase your exposure to other individuals or high-touch surfaces. Indoor activities with less ventilation also increase the risk level. Examples of medium risk activities include:

  • Going to the grocery store
  • Dining at a restaurant outdoors
  • Shopping
  • Going to a salon
  • Swimming at a public pool
  • Taking a ride share

What are higher risk activities?

Activities become higher risk when are in close proximity to multiple people you do not know. Your risk further increases when you remove your mask, there is forced exhalation or we let our guard down. Examples of higher risk activities include:

  • Going to the movies
  • Attending a concert
  • Meet up with friends at a bar
  • Throwing a party with alcohol
  • Playing contact sports

There’s plenty of fun to be had, so please play it safe! All y’all mask up, social distance and consider your environment and duration of time.

Find the latest COVID–19 resources HERE.