On average there are about sixty percent of Americans that take walks as a form of exercise. That percentage might even be larger as the nation attempts to evade the COVID-19 pandemic via skipping the gym and remaining at home. As walking assists with the management of weight and enhances the mood of individuals, going for that little stroll is an excellent idea. However, when the risk of infection is high, the ability to control the spread of the virus is critical. Therefore, is it really safe or smart to be going on walks? The short answer is Yes, as the body’s immune system requires exercise in order to function at the ultimate level. Here is how to decrease the risk of infection as individuals step out to do their walking.
Keep Those Hands To Themselves
The shelf life of the coronavirus ocne it has landed on items such as doorknobs, a pole, or a package, has been investigated by scientists. According to the researchers, the coronavirus might actually survive up to three days on certain surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel, for instance. That translates to the coronavirus being transmitted as persons are out taking a walk, if they happen to touch a stoplight signal button, a pole, a water fountain or even a park bench. Make an effort to avoid placing your hands on anything, and if it happens, do not touch any other part of your body, especially your face, until you are able to wash your hands thoroughly or have them sanitized. Trying to avoid touching your face is not a simple task due to the fact that the habit is quite often involuntary and you may then realize that you have itched your bottom lip or brushed your nose after the fact.
When Walking Wear A Mask
How the coronavirus operates outdoors is still somewhat of a mystery to the experts, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states covering the nose and mouth with at minimum a cloth face covering is a vital option in protecting yourself against the airborne transmission of the virus. Once you find yourself alone on the outdoors, then it is quite safe to go without face covering, however, if the walk is with someone else or the paths or parks have crowds, then the safest option is for every individual to be wearing masks, or some type of cloth face covering. What this does is restrict the possible infected droplets from transferring to your companions or even passersby. Therefore, when the passersby wear face coverings as well, it limit their possible infected droplets from spreading to you.
Keep Out Of The Line Of Fire
The confirmed way to contract the coronavirus is via direct contact with the respiratory droplets of an infected individual. However, scientists have discovered that the coronavirus could remain alive in much tinier forms known as aerosols. This really means that the coronavirus might be present in the air you inhale. In the New England Journal of Medicine it was documented that the virus survived as micro-particles suspended in the atmosphere for as much as three hours during a lab controlled experiment. What this means is that on a calm day, in theory it is very possible that persons could pass through a cloud of the virus. Although a mask is not completely foolproof, it might still assist in keeping out some of the virus released by others. Walking could also be done in a more strategic way. In that, individuals should find empty footpaths and if by chance there are other persons, avoid walking directly behind them so that you are not in the slipstream, where the possible cloud of coronavirus particles might be lingering.
Disinfect Your Shoes
Possible infected respiratory droplets fall from the air subsequent to an individual coughing, sneezing, talking or even singing loudly, and these particles could survive on the ground for a period of time and then become attached to the bottoms of your shoes. In the Emerging Infectious Disease journal, it was disclosed that researchers discovered traces of the coronavirus on the floors of hospitals; fifty percent of the medical staff of the Intensive Care Unit on the soles of their shoes tested positive for the virus as well. In addition, the scientists become aware of the coronavirus appearing on the floor of the pharmacy in a separate part of the hospital, which would suggest that the virus was transferred by the shoes of the staff. Therefore, before entering your home, use disinfectants to clean off your shoes, including the soles.
There is also the notion or theory which would suggest that the coronavirus could infect individuals through their eyes. Healthcare and frontline workers typically wear face shields over the face masks. Persons could try wearing sunglasses that are close fitting in combination with their mask in order to gain some kind of protection for their eyes. Health professionals that do not have face shields have been reported wearing ski goggles, which potentially functions better in protecting their eyes. However, if you practice the correct protocols such as social distancing, there would be no need for eye protection as you should be far enough from others.