Doctors have created a coronavirus ‘risk scale’ which shows how dangerous certain everyday activities are.
The Texas Medical Association, which is made up of 53,000 physicians and medical students, put together a list which indicates how risky something is in relation to Covid-19 on a scale of one to 10, from low risk to high risk.
The list suggests going to the pub or working out at the gym poses a much higher risk of contracting Covid-19 than opening your post or getting a takeaway.
In the lowest risk category, opening the post, getting a takeaway, filling up with petrol, playing tennis and going camping are considered relatively safe.
Getting less safe – in low to moderate risk category – is supermarket shopping, playing golf, staying at a hotel, going to the doctor’s and going to a restaurant. Busier public areas are also in this category.
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Things considered moderate risk are going to the beach, having dinner with friends or a barbecue, visiting elderly relatives or working in an office.
Going to a hairdresser, attending a wedding or a funeral, and hugging a friend are in the moderate to high risk category.
But at the highest end of the scale in the high risk category are going to the cinema, working out at the gym, going to large gatherings and drinking in a pub or bar.
The medical professionals who compiled the list ranked each activity based on the ability to social distance.
A spokesperson said: ‘The levels are based on input from the physician members of the task force and the committee, who worked from the assumption that – no matter the activity – participants were taking as many safety precautions as they can.’
It comes as the United States set a grim record on Tuesday with more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases reported in a single day, up from the previous record of 53,600 infections set last Thursday.
The number of cases across the US has now topped 3 million, and more than 131,000 Americans have died with coronavirus since the pandemic took hold in March.
At least 1,100 of those deaths were recorded on Tuesday, which is the highest daily increase this month.
Deaths across the country have been trending downwards, even as the number of infections surge to levels not seen throughout the pandemic.
But the fatality rates in Texas, Arizona and Florida are now showing upward trends, according to project data that shows the seven-day average of deaths in the three hotspot states.
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