Is it safe to be outside?
The media is full of advice about how to avoid the coronavirus disease COVID-19; there are lists of things to do and even more lists of things not to do. It has been a lot more difficult to find information about the safety (or otherwise) of a walk in the park.
Cases of COVID-19 are rising in the UK at a rate that perfectly matches the disease’s spread into and through other European countries. There is nothing to suggest that we can avoid the full effect of this pandemic.
But we have not yet been locked down. We have not been told that we must stay indoors, so while we still can, let’s go for a walk in the park. It appears that we will be at less risk there, and we already know that it will be good for us mentally and physically.
The Telegraph has this to say:
…it may be reassuring to know that the risk of virus transmission anywhere outdoors is vanishingly small. Now is the perfect time to explore a national park (and even your local park)…
Runner’s World suggests that it’s safer to be outside than inside when it comes to disease transmission. They say that when people gather together indoors and someone sneezes or coughs, droplets get onto objects that people touch, and then those people touch their face. The best plan for runners and walkers is to go out and enjoy the fresh air.
Another factor to be taken into account is that the people who are feeling ill, whether or not they are infected with COVID-19, are unlikely to be outside walking or running around the park.
You will have to be more careful in the car park where there may be a crowd, and we suggest you open the gate with your elbow or your foot, but walking in the park is going to be a lot safer than queueing for toilet rolls in a supermarket.
Look after yourselves and don’t forget to wash your hands.