How safe it is to go out for a walk during this pandemic?

Here are a few things to keep in mind while heading out for a walk around your area.

Many cities across the world are still under lockdown as the coronavirus cases continue to rise. It has been months since people have moved out as freely as they used to and that has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Staying indoors for a long period of time can have a negative effect on both, your mental and physical health. 

Source- The National

Taking a walk around your area can significantly help reduce anxiety and stress and many doctors agree. While it may seem completely normal, many people are afraid to step out of their house fearing this contagious virus and are not willing to risk their family’s lives. 

So how dangerous it is to step out of your house for a quick walk around the block? It depends on a few factors. 

When to step out for a walk 

If you have a garden or park around your house that isn’t frequented by many people, you can go for a quick stroll during odd hours and keeping social distancing in mind. Make sure you do not touch anything or walk around crowded places. 

Alternatively, you can take a walk along roads that are usually empty at certain times and even change your route to keep your distance from people. Make sure you put your mask on and carry a hand sanitizer. 

Precautions to take 

Here are some things to keep in mind while heading out for a walk and how you can keep yourself from contracting the virus 

  • Avoid going out if your area has a lot of active cases 
  • Make sure to keep your walks short and quick 
  • Avoid walking around crowded parks and roads 
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance from people 
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose while outside 

Here are some ways to stay protected while heading out for a walk. If you take the necessary precautions, it is okay to go out for a walk around your neighborhood. However, if you belong to the immunocompromised group and are at high risk of being affected by the virus due to your health condition, find an alternative way to keep yourself active at home.