Where you are most likely to catch Covid – and you may be surprised

Shopping has been cited as the highest risk activity for contracting Covid as new data shows where you are most likely to get infected.

Surprisingly, outdoor sports ranked second in the estimates of the SAGE Virus Watch study, which is based on the daily activities of 100,000 people, although the researchers said it might be related to other social aspects of the sport.

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Going to the pub, eating in restaurants and using public transport were also highlighted as activities that included an increased risk of contracting the virus before the Omicron variant took over the country.

According to the study, people who went to stores were almost 2.2 times more likely to contract the virus. Der Spiegel reports.

Outdoor sport carries a risk level of 1.36 percent, as the study – which has yet to be assessed by experts – showed.

Visiting a pub, restaurant, and using public transport meant people were 1.3 times more likely to test positive for Covid between September and November last year.

Unsurprisingly, those who had to leave their homes for work were more likely to contract Covid-19 than those who didn’t.

However, experts could not provide any reliable data that prove how risky it is to go to the cinema, concert or nightclub.

According to the Virus Watch study, the activities with the highest risk of infection were:

  • Shopping – 2.18%
  • Exercise outdoors – 1.36%
  • Bus usage – 1.31%
  • Eating out in a restaurant or cafe – 1.29%
  • Use public transport more than once a week – 1.28%
  • Go to a pub, bar or club – 1.28%
  • Go to a party – 1.27%
  • Go to the gym or indoor sports – 1.27%
  • Leaving home for work – 1.2%
  • Taxi use – 1.19%
  • By S-Bahn or tram – 1.18%

However, there is “no good evidence” to show how risky it is to go to theaters, cinemas, concerts or sporting events.

The same applied to going to the hairdresser, hairdresser, nail salon or beauty salon.

The data was collected before the Omicron variant hit the UK in December.

More than 140,000 cases were confirmed by the Ministry of Health on Saturday, bringing the total number of seven days to 1.28 million infections.

Another 313 people have died of Covid-19 – the official death toll in Great Britain is over 150,000.

The tragic number, which is the highest daily number since February last year according to the Department of Health’s daily dashboard, means 150,057 lives have been lost to the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

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