We’re all feeling a bit stir crazy in the U.S. right now. Nothing feels quite as care-free as it might during a normal summer. While hopefully you’ve been outside for a refreshing walk, or sat under your favorite tree, you may be wondering how much you can get away with, before putting yourself at risk for catching Covid-19 outdoors.
According to this New York Times article, the risk for contracting the virus outdoors depends on your particular activity, and how close you’ll end up with other people. The levels of outdoor activity available to you may vary from state to state. For instance, beaches may not be open along every state’s coastline. Many public and private parks remain closed, and most outdoor festivals have been canceled.
It can all make it confusing what to think about simply going outdoors to enjoy a walk with some friends. The risk of contracting Covid-19 outside decreases outside according to the New York Times article, but it doesn’t reduce to zero. People still need to follow social distancing guidelines for example. The risk might be higher if you’re sitting next to or across from each other at a picnic table, than if you’re passing people on a trail.
Speaking of passing people on a trail, this article from Vox breaks down the risk of contracting Covid-19 outdoors from various exercises, such as walking, running, or cycling. It breaks down the science behind contracting the disease indoors versus outdoors, and the distinct scientific difference between virus droplets and aerosols. Being outdoors also reduces the viral load, which is also a good thing.
The Bottom Line on Catching Covid-19 Outdoors
Generally speaking, people are at lower risk of contracting Covid-19 outdoors than indoors. This is good news for people looking to get outdoors a bit. But some precautions still need to be taken, depending on the activity.