Bars and gigs put you at ‘highest risk’ of Covid – so where is most safe?


GOING to a pub or gig will put you most at risk of catching coronavirus, doctors in America have warned.

The Texas Medical Association released a chart on Wednesday that compares the risk levels for popular activities and the likelihood of contracting the bug.

Shopping, grabbing takeaway from a restaurant, filling up at a petrol station, playing tennis, and going camping pose low infection risks, according to the list.

But you’re increasing the chances of infection by going to a bar for a drink – the activity is the riskiest of all 37 listed.

Other high-risk activities include attending a large religious service, working out at the gym, eating at a buffet, and attending a concert.

Watching a film at the movie theatre and going to an amusement park follow closely behind.

Activities in the moderate-high risk category are hugging or shaking hands with a friend, catching a flight, attending a wedding or funeral, or getting your hair done at the salon or barbershop.

Eating inside a restaurant also poses a moderate-high risk to Americans, while having dinner at a friend’s house was rated moderate risk.

The Association’s coronavirus task force, a group of physicians and infections disease experts in Texas, ranked more than 30 activities on a scale of one to 10, with a score of one indicating low risk and 10 being the most high risk.

“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,” the TMA said.

The association added that doctors should remind patients that “no matter what they do, it’s best if they stay home if possible, wear a mask, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance when they have to go out.”

The list was released as the US marked a grim milestone of more than three million confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide.

More than 60,000 new cases were reported on Tuesday, topping the single-day record set a week earlier for the biggest one-day increase.

Meanwhile, Texas health officials reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and nearly as many total hospitalisations.


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