How coronavirus spreads outdoors vs. indoors

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  • Published on:  5/28/2020
  • Can a runner give you Covid-19?

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    If you want to stay totally safe from Covid-19, and eliminate the risk of either getting it or transmitting it, you have to stay home. But as the weather gets warmer, public places start to open up, and many places enter their fourth month of life under coronavirus, that’s becoming less and less realistic.

    At the same time, we know that coronavirus can be transmitted through the air -- and that raises some pretty big questions. Is it safe to go the beach? What about a park? Is a heavy-breathing runner going to infect you as they pass you? In short: How do you go outside safely?

    Read Vox reporter Sigal Samuel’s article about the risks of transmitting Covid-19 outdoors: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/4/24/21233226/coronavirus-runners-cyclists-airborne-infectious-dose

    A helpful chart for thinking through the risks of different scenarios when it comes to Covid-19: https://www.vox.com/2020/5/22/21266756/coronavirus-pandemic-covid-risks-social-distancing-chart

    The CDC’s study about the Guangzhou restaurant where one person transmitted the virus to several others: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/7/20-0764_article

    And the study of the 318 outbreaks in China: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.04.20053058v1

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