Navigating this COVID-19 jungle isn't easy for any of us. With South Africa on the cusp of peaking infections, the chances of getting the disease has soared in recent weeks. But despite the odds shortening, you can still protect yourself against the risks of contracting this virus – and some activities are more dangerous than others.
COVID-19 – how you're most likely to catch it
COVID-19 Recovery Consulting is an international outfit that helps businesses prepare to reopen, after months of enforced shutdowns. They have recently published a document featuring the activities which pose the highest risks of contracting coronavirus, while also listing 'lower-risk' events.
The high-risk activities may not come as a surprise for many, but they serve as a reminder for those of us who may have let their guard down at this crucial time. Essentially, anyone who has to commute to work will find themselves at the upper end of the scale, and several recreational activities have also been singled out:
You're most at risk from COVID-19 if you engage in the following activities:
Hosting or attending an indoor party.
- Playing contact sports.[*]Flying in a plane or any type of air travel.[*]Using Public transport, and subsequent overcrowding.[*]Going to religious gatherings.[*]Spending time at bars, nightclubs, concerts, or sports events are also high-risk – but remain banned in SA.
Meanwhile, here's what qualifies in the range of 'low-to-medium risk' activities
Exercising in the gym.
- Working inside an office.[*]Attending a hair, nail or beauty salon.[*]Sitting indoors at a restaurant is also a COVID-19 threat.
- Going to the dentist.[*]Riding in a taxicab.[*]Outdoor restaurant dining.
Playing outdoor, non-contact sports is less likely to expose you to COVID-19.
- Grocery shopping.[*]Retail visits.
Staying at home.
- Outdoor walks.[*]Running or biking, with no more than one other person.[*]Picnics or 'al fresco' eating.[*]Picking up food and drink from takeaway outlets.
COVID-19 threat level index – [Photo: Supplied]