You are very unlikely to catch COVID-19 from someone passing by outside, according to the provincial health worker for British Columbia, Dr. Bonnie Henry. The CBC reported that in a daily briefing on Wednesday, Dr. Henry said it is safe to go out until people get too close to each other. Keep taking the necessary precautions and practicing social isolation, of course, but don’t worry about the possibility of catching COVID-19 from passers-by.
“Please go outside”: Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 is much less likely to spread outside https://t.co/GL9RQjunQy
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Never say never
“We always say” never say never “in medicine,” said Dr. Henry, “but the risk would be infinitely small if someone passed by, ran near you – even if they were less than six feet. ” However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore social distancing and run right behind someone on the sidewalk or work out with a friend. The risk is low, but there is always a risk, so follow the rules, but don’t worry if you get a little closer to someone on the street than you expected.
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Dr. Henry added that if you feel sick, you must stay at home. Even if the chances of you spreading the infection outside to someone else are low, you don’t want to put anyone else at risk. Stay at home, rest and return outside once you are well.
“Right now, we have to be very careful,” she said.
The great outdoors
It’s important to get outside to get some fresh air, change of scenery and exercise. You can go crazy pretty quickly when you’ve been stuck inside for too long, so take a break and get out once in a while. Even if you have a treadmill at home, it can be a good idea to get out of the house for a few errands a week.
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“Please go outside,” said Dr. Henry. “Go out with your family, but stay away, keep your distance. Smile, talk to your neighbor, greet him, support each other, but do it in such a way as to maintain this distance. “