Studies suggest being outdoors is safer than staying indoors

By Leonardo Cervantes

CN/Zasha Hayes

Being outside does not sound as deadly as it once did before, so long as people aren’t being reckless and the proper precautions are taken. 

Many places have opted for outdoor services for their customers. Dining has been moved outside the restaurants, while church services have been held outside as well. 

Many things have changed since the pandemic but society has learned to cope with it. 

In some cases, now being outside seems safer just because people are not in an enclosed environment. 

Being outside allows the air to flow and it’s different than breathing indoors in an enclosed space.

Although studies show that it may in fact be safer outside, there is no reason for people to be reckless. One must always proceed with proper precautions when in public at all times. 

The COVID-19 vaccine seems to be doing wonders and the percentage of people getting the vaccine increases by the day. 

As of April 15, the vaccine became available to everyone 16 years or older. The quantity of supplies keeps growing and that allows the chance for more people to get vaccinated. 

In California alone there have been 26.1 million total doses given. Among that number, 9.9 million people have been fully vaccinated which equals about 25% of the population, according to data found via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health officials advised the population that being six feet apart is the best way to maintain  safety. 

If you are at the local park it would be best to be 15-20 feet away from one another. If you are out in public and see a person maskless, it would just be best to avoid them if possible. 

It is better to be safe than sorry. There is no reason to take unnecessary risks. If it is necessary for you to use a public restroom, it’s best to go in and out as soon as possible. 

Also, washing your hands and sanitizing when out in public throughout the day is advised. You should always sanitize your hands for good measure, even after small acts, such as after pumping gas.

If you are out in a public place that does not have strict mask rules it is best to leave if possible. Having to look over your shoulder to see if someone is wearing a mask to ensure both of your safety is not ideal. 

A recent trend that started happening over the last few months is people began wearing two masks at once. 

If you are planning on going to the park or beach it is best to avoid large crowds, so going during the morning would be a safer time.

Professional sports teams stadiums have begun to open up like the Lakers and Dodgers stadiums. 

They do not allow a full capacity of fans yet, but Dodger stadium has been limited to 15,000 people while the Lakers only allow about 2,000 people. 

The fans are seated apart from one another and it is mandatory for them to wear a mask at all times. 

On April 12, LAUSD reopened 61 elementary schools. On April 19, the remaining elementary schools reopened and on April 26, middle and high schools will reopen.

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