Six Ways to Stay Safe Running During Coronavirus Concerns

Running Amid Coronavirus

As you know, Corona Virus is an ever changing situation. To get the most up-to-date information, please refer to these resources: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

As the corona virus continues to spread across our country (and the world), many running races and other large events have been be postponed or canceled.

But since most of you were not going to be running the Boston or Tokyo marathon, you still probably are concerned about what can do to protect your own personal health and still keep up your running or training.

Dr. David Nieman (health professor at Appalachian State University and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus) and Brian Labus, Ph.D., MPH (assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada Las Vegas) answered some of the questions below in Runner’s World Magazine.

Answers to some of runners’ frequently asked questions

Is it safe to run outside?

Yes—in fact, it’s safer to be outside than inside when it comes to disease transmission. As we know when people are in a group and someone sneezes or coughs, droplets get onto objects that people touch, and then people touch their face. That is not good and one reason why we need to wash our hands over and over and over again for at least 20 seconds each time.

So, you best option for running right now is to go outside for a solo run and enjoy the outdoors.

Isn’t it more dangerous to run outside when it’s cold?

There is no data that infers you will get sick from really any respiratory pathogen when running in cold weather.

Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay.

It is important to know what is going on in the area you are planning to run. If there are any restrictions or mandatory self-quarantines, you need to know about them.

And, if you’re sick or at-risk of spreading the virus, DO NOT GO OUTSIDE.

If I am under a self-quarantine, what can I do for exercise?

You want to do some exercise while staying where you are quarantined to keep healthy, as long as you are asymptomatic. For example, do bodyweight exercises or run on a home treadmill. Again, unless you’re sick.

“If you do have flu or coronavirus, or have fever, sick people think wrongly they can ‘exercise the virus out of the system’ or ‘sweat it out,’ that’s a myth. It’s actually the opposite,” Neiman says.

Can you run outside during a shelter-in-place mandate?

Until April 7th,  San Francisco residents were ordered to shelter in place. This means everyone is to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible.

However, the directive says that people can go go outside and engage in outdoor activity, such as running, walking, and hiking, as long as everyone stays a safe social distance from each other (at least six feet apart).

And for goodness sake, do not gather in groups!

Should you avoid running in groups?

Yes, this is a very good idea.

If you find yourself in a group or on a crowded route, protect yourself by spreading out and staying at least six feet from anyone else. And avoid hand-touching.

And again, wash your hands for at least twenty seconds when you get back.

How do I know when I have washed my hands for a long enough period of time?

Okay, this is an easy one to answer. Simply sing the “Happy Birthday” song to and you should be covered, since it takes at least twenty seconds to sing.

But if you are around others, you might want to sing it to yourself, though you might wind up with a gift, so maybe sing it loud and proud!

Also see out articles on running safely at night and tips for those new to running.

You can read the original article here.

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