Over the last year, health experts have continued to study how COVID-19 spreads from person to person. As part of their research, they have determined that the risk of COVID-19 transmission varies dramatically in terms of specific places and activities. In other words, you are much more likely to catch or spread coronavirus in certain locations or situations. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated a page on their official website about traveling, revealing a new list of activities they consider to be some of the more risk. The following are some activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19, per the CDC. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Traveling to Certain Countries or Territories
According to the CDC, traveling from a country or United States territory with a Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 Travel Health Notice is incredibly risky. Currently this includes the majority of the world—yup, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, Poland, you name it—minus Australia, Greenland, New Zealand, China, and a few countries in Africa and Asia.
The CDC has continued to warn against any large social gatherings. These include weddings, funerals, or other types of parties. Don't go to them—or if for some reason you must, "wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people," the CDC advises.
Other Mass Gatherings
Sporting events, concerts, or parades are all specifically named by the CDC as mass gatherings that are higher risk. "A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, or sporting event," they have said in the past.
Going to Crowded Places
Crowded indoor spaces are incredibly dangerous for COVID spread. "Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters," are also risky, according to the CDC.
"Taking public transportation like trains or buses or being in transportation hubs like airports," is putting yourself at COVID risk, according to the CDC. Why? Being in any enclosed space with other people can offer the opportunity for the virus to spread.
Traveling By Boat
Whether traveling on a cruise ship or river boat, you are putting yourself in a risky COVID situation warns the CDC: "CDC recommends that all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high. It is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises."
How to Survive This Pandemic
As for yourself, follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.