Practice Outdoors - it's Safer! 

Information comes from an article in The New York Times Published May 23, 2020 By Michael LevensonTara Parker-Pope and James Gorman.       

  •  Pandemic life is safer outdoors, in part, because even a light wind will quickly dilute the virus. If a person nearby is sick, the wind will scatter the virus, potentially exposing nearby people but in far smaller quantities, which are less likely to be harmful.

  • One  recent study  found that just talking can launch thousands of droplets that can remain suspended in the air for eight to 14 minutes. The risk of inhaling those droplets is lower outdoors. 

  • According to Dr. Chudnovsky, a sunny day is better than a cloudy day, because there’s more sunlight to kill the virus and more wind to dilute it. 

  • “I think going outside is important for health,” said Julia L. Marcus, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.  “We know that being outdoors is lower risk for coronavirus transmission than being indoors.”

  • “I think outdoors is so much better than indoors in almost all cases,” said Linsey Marr, an engineering professor and aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech. “There’s so much dilution that happens outdoors. As long as you’re staying at least six feet apart, I think the risk is very low.”