Coronavirus and exercise?
Does the risk of spreading coronavirus make jogging and exercise too dangerous?
Posted on 06.04.2020
In the new world order of physical distancing, self-isolation and a creeping paranoia about other people’s germs, should you still puff and pant along a running attack, passing others who may have the coronavirus?
University of Queensland infectious disease expert Charles Gilks said it was technically possible to catch COVID-19 from a passing jogger, but that would be extremely unlucky.
“I can’t say there are no risks, but I think they’re very, very, very small,” Professor Gilks said.
He said while joggers coughing and sneezing could pass on an infection, keeping a good distance away helped ensure that did not happen.
Mater Hospital’s infectious diseases director Paul Griffin said it would be possible to inhale virus particles from someone passing by.
“But hopefully not enough to get infected,” Associate Professor Cullen said.
“With the droplet spread, we know that you need a fairly significant interaction to be susceptible to getting this and the public health definition is 15 minutes of face-to-face or two hours in the same room.
“Clearly, if you walk past someone it’s a lot less than that.”
- Experts said people should keep their distance when jogging
- They are more concerned about people who don’t exercise
- COVID-19 was unlikely to survive long in salty water, experts said
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