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Is it safe to the gym...on parties...out to the bars for friends’ or family members’ homes for meals or coffee shops...?

Spread of the COVID-19 virus makes visiting the gym, and all social interactions, riskier. Many facilities have already shut down and more and more localities are taking steps to limit social interactions.

Harvard Medical School experts recommend that everyone begin intensive social distancing immediately, limiting contact with people outside your family as much as possible. This protects both you and those in your communities who are at higher risk of severe medical complications from COVID-19. Basically, we need to end any nonessential activities that involve close contact with others to prevent spread of the disease.

If you need to go out to get food, staples, medications, or healthcare, try to stay at least six feet away from others, and wash your hands thoroughly after the trip, avoiding contact with your face and mouth throughout. Prepare your own food rather than going to a restaurant or even getting takeout.

Again, it's best to avoid the gym; but if you do go, be sure to wipe down anything you are about to touch, and once more after you use the equipment. Try to keep a distance of 6 feet or more from others.

Source: Harvard Medical School

Drafted: 16 March 2020

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