This Is How High Your COVID Risk Is Based on Your Everyday Behavior

A group of medical experts have ranked the risk of your activities during COVID.

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The coronavirus can spread easily, especially since some of those infected with the virus don't even know they have it. With that in mind, it can be hard to know which activities are off-limits because they'll put us in harm's way of contracting COVID-19. According to experts, there really isn't anything you can do during the coronavirus pandemic that doesn't come with some level of risk, but a group of medical professionals with COVID-19 Recovery Consulting, LLC have put together an activity risk index that ranks your everyday behavior from lowest risk to highest risk based on four main factors: enclosed space, duration of interaction, crowds, and forceful exhalation. Read through their list for a better idea of how to stay safe. And for more risks to avoid, This Bad Habit Could Increase Your Risk of Dying From COVID, Doctor Says.

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Staying at home (alone or with members of your household)

woman wearing mask with dog at home
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Risk level: Low

And for more ways to stay healthy, discover The One Thing You Should Do to Lower Your COVID Risk Right Now, Study Says.

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Walking outdoors (with or without pets)

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Risk level: Low

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Picking up takeout food, coffee, or groceries from stores

young asian man wearing coronavirus mask and getting takeout
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Risk level: Low

Risks: Potential crowding

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Running or biking (alone or with another person)

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Risk level: Low

Risks: Close contact or potential clustering of people

And for more on working out during COVID, check out our article: Should You Wear a Face Mask While Exercising? Here's What the CDC Says.

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Outdoor picnic or porch dining (with non-household people and physical distancing)

white woman with a face mask reading a book next to a picnic basket on a blanket
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Risk level: Low

Risks: Potential crowding and activity

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Playing "distanced" sports outside

Table tennis in the backyard during covid-19
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Risk level: Low to Medium

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Retail shopping

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Risk level: Low to Medium

Risks: Indoor, close contact, and potential clustering of people

And for tips on shopping safely, This Is the Best Time to Go Shopping, According to the CDC.

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Grocery shopping

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Risk level: Low to Medium

Risks: Indoor, close contact, potential clustering of people, and high-touch surfaces

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Taking a taxi or a ride-sharing service

Woman in taxi wearing face mask for protection from pollution and viruses such as Coronavirus. Using smartphone
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Risk level: Medium

Risks: Depends on frequency of cleaning, duration of ride, and number of passengers

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Visiting a hospital emergency department

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Risk level: Medium

Risks: Indoor and potential clustering of people

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Outdoor restaurant dining

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Risk level: Medium

Risks: Close contact, potential clustering of people, and challenging to wear a mask while eating

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Going to a museum

woman in a museum wearing a mask because of Covid
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Risk level: Medium

Risks: Indoor, close contact, and potential clustering of people

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Medical office visit

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Risk level: Medium

Risks: Indoor, close contact, potential clustering of people, and high-touch surfaces

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Dentist appointment

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Risk level: Medium

Risks: Indoor, close contact, potential clustering of people, and patient not wearing a mask

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Hair, nail salon, or barbershop visit

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Risk level: Medium to High

Risks: Prolonged close contact and difficult to wear a mask

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Working in an office

Businesspeople working at office with glass partition dividing them
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Risk level: Medium to High

Risks: Indoor, high-touch surfaces, prolonged close contact, and potential clustering of people

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Indoor restaurant dining

Dining inside restaurant during pandemic
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Risk level: Medium to High

Risks: Indoor, prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, and difficult to wear mask while eating and drinking

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Exercising at a gym

Instructor and student workout at gym after pandemic reopening. They work hard with weights to stay in shape
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Risk level: Medium to High

Risks: Indoor, close contact, potential clustering of people, high-touch surfaces, difficult to wear a mask, and high respiratory rate

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Taking public transportation

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Risk level: High

Risks: Enclosed space, prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, and high-touch surfaces

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Air travel

man wears a medical mask and wipes his hands with disinfectant
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Risk level: High

Risks: Enclosed space, prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, and high-touch surfaces

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Movie theater or live theater

Group of people watching movie after Coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing
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Risk level: High

Risks: Enclosed space, prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, and high-touch surfaces

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Playing contact sports

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Risk level: High

Risks: Prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, high respiratory rate, and inability to wear a mask

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Watching sports

Group of close friends watching a game at the bar and cheering for their team.
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Risk level: High

Risks: Prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, high-touch surfaces, yelling or projection of voice, and enclosed space (if indoors)

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Attending religious services

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Risk level: High

Risks: Enclosed space, prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, high-touch surfaces, and singing or projection of voice

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Attending a concert

Crowd at a music festival with hands raised in the air.
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Risk level: High

Risks: Enclosed space, prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, high-touch surfaces, and yelling or projection of voice

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Indoor party

Man bringing some beer to the friends.
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Risk level: High

Risks: Indoor, prolonged close contact, and potential clustering of people

Additional risks: Alcohol (loss of inhibition) and/or shared joint or pipe (coughing)

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Visiting bars and nightclubs

people cheering with beer in bar with illness prevention protection measures are taken
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Risk level: High

Risks: Enclosed space, prolonged close contact, potential clustering of people, high respiratory rate, and yelling or projection of voice

Best Life is constantly monitoring the latest news as it relates to COVID-19 in order to keep you healthy, safe, and informed. Here are the answers to your most burning questions, the ways you can stay safe and healthy, the facts you need to know, the risks you should avoid, the myths you need to ignore,and the symptoms to be aware of. Click here for all of our COVID-19 coverage, and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.
Kali Coleman
Kali is an assistant editor at Best Life. Read more
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