The coronavirus pandemic is far from over. In fact, some states have seen a rise in the number of coronavirus cases since reopening. Therefore, it’s best to play it safe and avoid places where you and your loved ones would be most at risk. Keep reading to learn which places you shouldn’t visit even if they have reopened.
Children are known for spreading germs among one another. So, it stands to reason, then, that areas like playgrounds are breeding grounds for germs. In fact, a 2018 HomeAdvisor.com study found nine million colony-forming units (CFUs) of bacteria per square inch on playground equipment like baby swings, rock walls, and seesaws! And, get this: the slides alone have about six million CFUs per square inch! That’s a lot of bacteria, and nothing to be taken lightly — especially while we’re still going through this pandemic.
9. Bowling Alleys
Bowling alleys are places where tons of germs can be found — be it on the surface of the bowling balls or in the shoes that fellow bowlers share. Yes, that’s correct — coronavirus droplets can exist on footwear and shoelaces, too. According to an article published by Best Life, podiatrist Thomas F. Vail, DPM, says that “rented bowling shoes can be a host to several microorganisms.” So, take our advice and steer clear of the bowling alley for now.
8. Nail Salons
We know it’s important for you to look and feel beautiful, but it’s not worth risking your life over it. According to an article published by Best Life, California governor Gavin Newsom recently identified nail salons as the source of COVID-19 outbreaks in the state. As a result, he has labeled nail salons as “high-risk” businesses. And, even though you’d be wearing a mask if you were to get a manicure or pedicure, you won’t be able to distance yourself six feet away from your nail technician. Plus, you wouldn’t be able to wear gloves if you’re getting your fingernails done. Not only that but certain nail treatments have the potential to draw blood, which might lead to coronavirus infection.
7. Public Pools
Going to the pool has been a summertime tradition for many years now. And, while you think it might be safe to dive in because of the chlorine, you might want to think again. Yes, chlorine is thought to kill the coronavirus, but if an infected person shows up to a public pool, anything they touch will be contaminated. And, “it would be hard to get in and out of the pool without touching anything or interacting with another person,” Roberta Lavin, a professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee’s College of Nursing, told U.S. Masters Swimming, according to an article published by Best Life.
6. Destinations with Large Crowds
Now that it’s getting warm, everyone wants to hit the beach. And, it’s probably okay to go to a local beach with only a few visitors here and there, but you should avoid resort spots like Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach or Miami Beach, which not only have crowded beaches but crowded hotels as well — both of which make it nearly impossible to practice social distancing. “The key is to find the place that everyone isn’t going to,” Cindy Richards, editor-in-chief of TravelingMom.com, told USA TODAY.
If you’re a fitness buff, you probably can’t wait to get back into the gym. But, you might want to hold off on that for a while. That’s because gyms have several “high-touch” surfaces (i.e. workout equipment, doorknobs, toilets, bathroom fixtures, etc.) that could be teeming with bacteria, including viruses like COVID-19. Not only that but there’s usually a lot of talking, panting, and sometimes coughing that goes on in gyms. And, because COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, you could easily become infected.
4. Tattoo Parlors
There’s nothing like the excitement of getting your first (or 14th) tattoo. And, some tattoo parlors have already reopened. But, keep in mind that if you’re going to get a tattoo, you won’t be able to maintain a distance of six feet between you and the tattoo artist. And, just because both of you may wear masks and gloves, it doesn’t mean you won’t be putting yourselves at risk. That’s because tattooing can draw blood, which could possibly transmit the coronavirus. Oh yeah, and you might want to avoid new piercings, too, as many tattoo parlors offer piercing services as well.
3. Places Where People are Doing a Lot of Talking, Shouting, Singing, Panting, or Coughing
As you well know by now, COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that is transmitted through droplets released from an infected person’s mouth — be it through talking, singing, coughing, sneezing, or panting. That being said, it’s a good idea to avoid places where people are doing a lot of these activities. Here’s the thing: droplets sprayed into the air just from talking can linger for more than eight minutes! Now, imagine if you got close to someone who was singing an entire song or someone doing a lot of coughing and/or panting. They’d produce even more droplets, which would put an even greater number of people at risk.
Just because you rent from an Airbnb that is advertised as “sanitized” doesn’t actually mean it is. I mean, how would you really know? Perhaps the owner is just trying to put some extra cash in his or her pocket and isn’t concerned about the health of his or her renters. Not only that, but you could also be carrying the virus and not even know it and end up infecting someone else with it. But, you might not even have to worry about that anyway as Airbnb appears to be on its last leg. That’s according to an article published by The Daily Telegraph. The impact of the coronavirus on Airbnb has been “massive,” the article reads. “It’s never been seen before,” Scott Shatford, chief executive of the Airbnb analytics company AirDNA, told The Daily Telegraph. “Cancellation rates have gone through the roof.”
1. Anywhere People are Not Following the Rules or Taking Precautions
Take a stroll through any store and you can see, at the very least, more than a dozen people (both shoppers and workers) not wearing masks and gloves despite signs outside the store telling them that it’s a requirement. It’s obvious that these people are not following the rules nor taking precautions as they should, putting not only themselves in danger but others as well. That being said, if you come upon a place where there are clear signs that the employer or employees are not taking the coronavirus seriously, hightail it out of there.
Your turn! What places, if any, do you plan on avoiding once they reopen? Let us know in the comment section below.