Which everyday activities put you most at risk from Covid-19?

People across the country have begun returning to pubs, bars, restaurants and hairdressers following the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

Earlier this month, prime minister Boris Johnson announced that more “non-essential” businesses could reopen in a bid to get the economy moving again, following more than three months of lockdown.

Having taken a huge financial hit as a result of lockdown, business owners welcomed the changes while many relished the opportunity to go out for a drink.

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But not everyone is comfortable with the return to “normal life”, particularly those with long-term health conditions. For those who need to take extra care when going out, researchers in the US have devised a list of activities ranked in relation to their risk of catching Covid-19.

“[These activities are] ranked by physicians from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) COVID-19 Task Force and TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases,” medics wrote of the chart.

“Please assume that participants in these activities are following currently recommended safety protocols when possible.”

Researchers ranked a number of activities as low risk, low-moderate risk, moderate risk, moderate-high risk and high risk.

Opening the post and getting a restaurant takeaway were among some of the activities listed in the low risk section, while eating at a buffet, going to a bar and attending events with large crowds were all deemed high risk.

According to the chart, grocery shopping, going for a walk or run, eating outside a restaurant and playing golf are all low-moderate risk activities.

In the UK, official guidance from the NHS remains that people should try to stay at least 2m apart from anyone they don’t live with.

People should wash their hands frequently with hand sanitiser when in public and it is now mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new and continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If you experience any of these symptoms you should:

Stay at home (self-isolate) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate. Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms Contact NHS 111 if you need further help

Full list of activities below:

Low Risk

Opening the mail

Getting restaurant takeout

Pumping gasoline

Playing tennis

Going camping

Low to moderate risk

Grocery shopping

Going for a walk, run, or bike ride with others

Playing golf

Staying at a hotel for two nights

Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room

Going to a library or museum

Eating in a restaurant (outside)

Walking in a busy downtown

Spending an hour at a playground

Moderate risk

Having dinner at someone else’s house

Attending a backyard barbecue

Going to a beach

Shopping at a mall

Sending kids to school, camp, or day care

Working a week in an office building

Swimming in a public pool

Visiting an elderly relative or friend in their home

Moderate to high risk

Going to a hair salon or barbershop

Eating in a restaurant (inside)

Attending a wedding or funeral

Traveling by plane

Playing basketball

Playing football

Hugging or shaking hands when greeting a friend

High risk

Eating at a buffet

Working out at a gym

Going to an amusement park

Going to a movie theater

Attending a large music concert

Going to a sports stadium

Attending a religious service with 500+ worshipers

Going to a bar

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