While we haven’t had an enforced national quarantine yet, the White House has advised people to not gather in groups of more than 10 for the time being.
So if you’re a frequent runner, any events you’ve planned on running in have probably been cancelled by now. Gyms have also closed their doors.
But you may still want to run. So how do you do that, protect your feet and ankles, and avoid coronavirus all at the same time?
Here’s some popular questions runners are asking as we deal with minimizing the spread of coronavirus:
1. Is it safe to run outside?
Yes, say both Crystal Watson at the Johns Hopkins Center and Dr. Saad Omer at the Yale School of Medicine.
As long as you maintain appropriate social distancing, about 6 feet from the next runner, you will be fine and you won’t spread coronavirus, even if you do have the infection.
Running outdoors is actually much less risky than running inside. Indoors, you’re near other people and constantly touching surfaces.
Though coronavirus is doing its damage, running remains a great way to preserve your mental and physical health during a stressful time.
2. Should you wash your hands after running outside?
Yes. Any activity outside your home should result in you washing your hands.
20 seconds is the recommendation. Either count that number out loud as you wash all sides of your hands or sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
No one knows if everyone does this correctly now, but a 2018 study by the US Department of Agriculture showed people didn’t do the procedure correctly 97% of the time.
If you don’t wash your hands long enough, you simply don’t give yourself, your family, and others adequate protection from coronavirus.
3. How can I avoid rolling or twisting my ankle?
You can most likely recover from all but the most severe ankle injuries on your own. However, the fear with coronavirus is that too many sick people will flood hospitals and clinics, leaving doctors to decide who gets what care.
The careyou need may or may not be available when you need it.
To minimize your risk of an ankle injury:
Keep up your running. But just make sure you do it in a safe way that protects you and everyone else until coronavirus slows down.