We’ve received this question constantly over the last few months. We can say two things with certainty, and the rest is conjecture. One, people are more stir-crazy right now than we’ve ever seen them. And two, people are much more prone to taking bigger risks precisely because of how stir-crazy they are right now. When you put these two facts together, you can finish the equation: it’s about as safe to run outside now that COVID cases are down as it’s been over the past few months.
And that’s not to say that it’s not safe to be outside. Studies have continually shown that the chance of coronavirus infection is much reduced in outdoors environments. That isn’t a guarantee that you won’t get sick if you go outside to fit in some exercise.
But here’s what you need to do if and when you decide to venture outdoors. First, make sure you continue to socially distance yourself from those who are not in your immediate household. That means stay six feet away from the vagrants at all times. And second, make sure you wear a mask whenever you’re in close quarters with other people — like on a narrow mountain trail. We understand the desire to ditch the mask up in the mountains, but your safety is more important than a minor inconvenience!
We also recommend only using outdoor spaces close to home. Coronavirus only travels from neighborhood to neighborhood and from country to country because people travel. If we would all do a little less traveling, the spread of coronavirus would have tapered off long before now.
Thankfully, overall case counts are lower now that the winter holidays are behind us — and with the new vaccines added to our arsenal of weapons we can use to fight back, we can all have a little more faith that our days of social distancing, isolation, and quarantine will soon be over!