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24 Things You're Doing Every Day That Put You at COVID Risk

Best Life Logo By Kali Coleman of Best Life | Slide 1 of 25: The coronavirus shut down most of the country in March and April, but as May and June rolled in, states started to end lockdowns and businesses slowly began to reopen. Now in August, there's not much that can't be done, depending on where you live. However, safety precautions like mandatory face masks and social distancing regulations only work if most people follow them. And as lockdown measures have lifted coronavirus numbers have surged in several states. It seems certain that not every activity is safe amid coronavirus—even if you're technically allowed to do it, it may put you at risk of contracting COVID.As Leann Poston, MD, licensed physician and medical advisor for Invigor Medical, explains, everything we do in life requires us to "weigh the risks and benefits." For example, driving a car is risky, but we can minimize that risk by doing things like wearing a seatbelt, following traffic rules, and not driving when we are incapacitated. But expecting people not to drive cars because of the risks is unrealistic, and so is "expecting people to fully isolate themselves from exposure to COVID or any other pathogen," she says.So, during the pandemic, what risks are worth taking and which ones should you avoid at all costs? Health expert Poston ranked 24 everyday activities from least to most risky to help you make those choices. And for more things you should be avoiding, check out You're 5 Times More Likely to Get Coronavirus Here, Study Finds.

24 Things You're Doing Every Day That Put You at COVID Risk

The coronavirus shut down most of the country in March and April, but as May and June rolled in, states started to end lockdowns and businesses slowly began to reopen. Now in August, there's not much that can't be done, depending on where you live. However, safety precautions like mandatory face masks and social distancing regulations only work if most people follow them. And as lockdown measures have lifted coronavirus numbers have surged in several states. It seems certain that not every activity is safe amid coronavirus—even if you're technically allowed to do it, it may put you at risk of contracting COVID.

As Leann Poston, MD, licensed physician and medical advisor for Invigor Medical, explains, everything we do in life requires us to "weigh the risks and benefits." For example, driving a car is risky, but we can minimize that risk by doing things like wearing a seatbelt, following traffic rules, and not driving when we are incapacitated. But expecting people not to drive cars because of the risks is unrealistic, and so is "expecting people to fully isolate themselves from exposure to COVID or any other pathogen," she says.

So, during the pandemic, what risks are worth taking and which ones should you avoid at all costs? Health expert Poston ranked 24 everyday activities from least to most risky to help you make those choices. And for more things you should be avoiding, check out You're 5 Times More Likely to Get Coronavirus Here, Study Finds.

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