You can be forgiven for feeling like the coronavirus is lurking behind every corner. But in fact, some activities are more dangerous than others. Recently, a team of doctors from the Texas Medical Association ranked nearly every activity—from opening your mail to going to a bar—by their risk level, and assumed in their calculations that everyone would be wearing masks and social distancing. Read on to discover the four riskiest things you could do, each earning a 9 on a scale of 1 (the safest) to 9 (the riskiest)—with the Very Worst at the very end.
Attending a Large Music Concert
What do all the riskiest places on this list have in common? They all draw large crowds. Most concerts with big headliners have been moved online or canceled outright—some under duress, like Vanilla Ice’s planned 4th of July event in Texas, stopped only after he was publicly shamed for planning to perform during an outbreak. Yet some producers insist the show much go on. For their summer concert series in a stadium, the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce, for example, in Connecticut, is implementing social distancing and ensuring the crowd does not exceed 500 people. They’re being careful; before going, so should you, and ask yourself: Is it really worth the risk?
Going to a Sports Stadium
Shortened seasons and empty stadiums make this a weird year even if teams are coming back healthy (many aren’t, with coronavirus infecting players and staff). Even if you wanted to catch a game, most are not allowing crowds. Be cautious when they do.
Attending a Religious Service With 500+ Worshipers
More than 650 coronavirus cases have been pegged to church services, with organizations seeing outbreaks even when practicing safety measures. “In times of uncertainty like such we are living now it is understandable that folks seek for community activities like going to church, but unfortunately we have reached yesterday the most coronavirus deaths in over a month with 993 people dying,” Dr. Leo Nissola tells Eat This, Not That! Health. “The country is not ready for mass gatherings.”
And the Riskiest Place You Could Go is…a Bar
Avoid the “Three Cs”: closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places, and close-contact settings—all of which could describe bars. (You could add a fourth “C”—too many Cocktails, which might make you forget safety protocols.) A bar is the #1 place to not go right now. “Congregation at a bar inside is bad news,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said recently. “We really got to stop that. Right now.”
So What Can You Do to Stay Healthy?
According to the doctors, opening the mail is the safest thing you can do—but click here for the full list of the 37 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus to make sure you understand the risks so you never catch COVID-19.