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What Activities Put You at Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Physicians from the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases have ranked the risk associated with certain activities

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The Texas Medical Association has released a chart explaining which behaviors put you at risk of getting COVID-19.

According to the Texas Medical Association, the activities included in the chart were ranked by physicians from the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases. The TMA said physician experts were asked to assign a risk of 1 (least risk) to 10 (riskiest) to each of these activities using the following criteria: Whether it’s inside or outside; proximity to others; exposure time; the likelihood of compliance; and personal risk level. They were asked to assume that participants in these activities are following currently recommended safety protocols (including wearing masks) when possible.

Low-risk activities include opening the mail, ordering restaurant takeout, and pumping gasoline, while activities like grocery shopping, going for a walk, and eating outside at a restaurant are ranked in the moderate-low category.

For those worried about touching things like gas pumps, mail or other items, the TMA recommended using hand sanitizer and washing your hands afterward.

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Moderate risk activities include having dinner at someone else's house, shopping at a mall, and working in an office building.

Activities like going to a hair salon, eating inside at a restaurant, and traveling by plane are listed in the moderate-high category.

High-risk activities include working out in a gym, going to a large concert or sports stadium, and drinking in a bar.

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