Restaurants are slowly reopening, allowing outdoor and now indoor dining. Public gatherings continue to grow in size from 10 to 25 to 500, bars are opening, casinos are opening, salons are opening...but one thing to remember is that while "quarantine" or "lockdown" are over, the fight against COVID isn't. I don't mean to be a fear-monger or part of the "evil media" or whatever, but facts are facts, and there is still risk involved.

NPR talked to medical experts to see just how risky some of our summer activities are going to be this year:

The more time you spend and the closer in space you are to any infected people, the higher your risk. Interacting with more people raises your risk, and indoor places are riskier than outdoors.

Here are some activities that NPR asked experts about:

  • A backyard gathering with one other household: low to medium risk.
  • Eating indoors at a restaurant: medium to high risk
  • Attending a religious service indoors: high risk
  • Spending the day at a beach or pool: low risk
  • An outdoor celebration with more than 10 guests: medium to high risk
  • Using a public restroom: low to medium risk
  • Letting a friend use your bathroom: low risk
  • Going to a vacation house with another family: low risk
  • Staying at a hotel: low to medium risk
  • Getting a haircut: medium to high risk
  • Going to a nightclub: high risk
  • Going camping: low risk
  • Exercising outdoors: low risk

Obviously there are variables and other factors that can increase or decrease the risk for each of these. The entire article is worth reading. Be safe out there!


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