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Experts rank everyday activities by coronavirus risk level

Posted July 6, 2020 10:15 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2020 8:43 a.m. EDT

— Medical experts in Texas released a chart Monday ranking everyday activities based on their risk level.

This chart from Texas Medical Association rated almost 40 everyday activities such as pumping gas and the riskiest activity, going to crowded bars. Local medical experts are backing the findings.

"One thing TMA is trying to do is put something in the hands of the consumer that puts it into an easier way to read," said Dr. Amir Barzin with UNC Hospitals.

"Those activities that were indoors with large amounts of people tend to fall on the higher end and the activities that were outdoors with the less amount of people fall on the lower end of the spectrum.

Above is a look at some of the activities medical experts rated one to nine, with one posing the least risk and a nine posing the highest risk for infection.

Activities like grocery shopping and eating at an outside restaurant are on the low risk side.

Things like going to the beach or traveling by plane pose a moderate risk, but the riskiest activity in the high-risk category is going to a bar.

"Really look at this and say, 'Is this worth something I'm willing to take a risk on?," Barzin added.

"No, I don't feel safe going to a beach or in a restaurant," said Inez Reid, a 62-year-old Raleigh resident. "Because that's where a lot of people are getting contagious."

While the chart is meant to ease worries, Reid says she’s sticking to walks in open spaces with her grandson.

"As long as I've got my mask on and I'm not in a crowd of people," she said.

All of these rankings assume people are wearing masks, washing hands and practicing the recommended social distancing of six feet.

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