Professor Chris Whitty: Risk of Transmitting Covid-19 When Running Is "Extremely Low"

Jane McGuire
·2-min read

From Men's Health

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.’

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The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you’re in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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