Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, says the risk of transmitting Coronavirus when running is ‘extremely low’

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI - Getty Images
Photo credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Speaking on the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, said the risk of transmitting coronavirus when running is ‘extremely low’.

It is understood that the new variant of Covid-19, which has caused record infections, hospitalisations and deaths in the past few weeks, is more contagious.

This week, Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer warned that the coming weeks are to be ‘the worst weeks’ of the pandemic for the NHS. He also urged the public to minimise unnecessary contacts in order to reduce transmissions.

While refusing to comment on the speculations that the lockdown restrictions were to get tighter, including preventing members from different households from exercising together, Whitty did stress that the virus can be passed on in any place where two households meet.

However, speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Whitty said that fleeting contact outdoors, such as two runners passing each other, is ‘very low risk’.

Whitty continuing saying, ‘It's the much longer contacts in close proximity that can still happen outdoors - if people, for example, are crowded together in a queue ... if they're really huddled together around a market stall or something, that is a risk with this virus.

‘And people in that situation, there might be some logic to people thinking about wearing masks, but a much better thing to do is to minimise going out for an unnecessary trip in the first place.’

Find more information on the current advice when exercising outside on gov.uk/coronavirus and read our guide on who you can and can't run with, plus how to stay safe when running outdoors here.

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