Activities that increase risk of catching Covid include dog walking – Plymouth Live

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Scientists have published a list of activities that can increase your risk of catching the coronavirus – and have set out how much danger each could put you in.

The list includes everything from walking your dog to getting a supermarket delivery at your home address – as well as failing to work from home.

The study, published in the Environmental Research journal, was compiled by the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health using data from the first national lockdown in Spain, reports The Mirror.

Dog walking was said to have increased the risk of getting Covid-19 by 78% during the period studied, March to May.

Supermarket home deliveries increased the risk by 94%, according to the research.

Working outside of the home was said to increase the risk by 76% and using public transport also made infection more likely.

The authors wrote: “From a scientific point of view, there is no justification for children’s playgrounds being closed to prevent infections while parks where dogs are walked are allowed to remain open, when there are numerous objects there that can act as vehicles for SARS-CoV-2.”

The scientists warned dog walkers to take extreme hygiene measures and said it remained unclear as to whether dogs could transmit the virus directly or if they were indirect ‘vehicles’ that picked it up from objects and surfaces.

A sample of 2,086 individuals was used for the study and 41% of those who took part were aged between 40 and 54.

The scientists claimed disinfecting products bought from a supermarket could reduced the risk of the disease by 94%.

 

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