You Can Still Go Outside While Social Distancing, but You'll Need to Take Some Precautions

Being asked at home can be challenging, especially if you have a lot of nervous energy now. With the 24-hour coverage of the coronavirus becoming more disturbing every day, you will find yourself craving a sense of normalcy while taking social distance. The good news: If normal means getting some much-needed sunlight and fresh air, you can still venture out while protecting yourself and others.

“During this pandemic, it is still safe to go outside to get some fresh air and sun as long as you continue to practice social distance,” Natasha Bhuyan, MD, a general practitioner and regional medical director at One Medical, told POPSUGAR. “That means you should be at least six feet away from other people, whether you are walking, walking your dog, or jogging nearby.” But keep in mind that this may not be as easy as you might think. “This requires careful planning, especially for people who live in high-density areas,” she said.

Dr. Bhuyan further explained that there are steps you can take to make sure you keep a safe distance from others. “This could include some tricky but important maneuvers,” she said. For example, you may have to change the side of the street you are walking on when you see people coming your way – and while that tends to seem crude, health and safety (theirs and theirs) now take precedence.

Besides, this is not the time for a powerwalk with some friends. “You shouldn’t meet a friend to go for a walk unless you intentionally keep a physical distance from each other,” said Dr. Bhuyan. “Although difficult to grasp, we know that asymptomatic people may still be carriers of COVID-19 and can infect others.”

So stay home to avoid the spread and save lives – but be sure to get some fresh air. Make sure to fly alone or with a furry friend. And remember, if you walk your dog, try not to let people come and pet them during this period. While anyone can use some puppy therapy, it can put a stranger in danger of getting so close.

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