July 22, 2020
How risky is going grocery shopping versus working out in a gym or other activities, in terms of potentially contracting COVID-19?
Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician experts recently created a chart to help Texans make informed choices about which activities are safest to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physician members of the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases prepared the chart. The doctors rated the activities assuming that participants are wearing a mask when practical, staying at least 6 feet away from people who are not immediate family members, and washing their hands frequently.
Physicians rated the activities from 1 (least risk) to 10 (riskiest) using these criteria: Whether it’s inside or outside, proximity to others, exposure time, likelihood of compliance with safety guidelines, and personal risk level.
The chart is also available in Spanish.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 53,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
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