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8 Indoor Places to Avoid During the Coronavirus Crisis

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A worker disinfects a New York City subway train on May 4, 2020. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:42 AM

Now that states are allowing businesses to reopen, it's natural to want to frequent your pre-coronavirus haunts and mingle with friends. But experts warn that the famous line by English poet Alexander Pope should be heeded. Fools should NOT rush in where angels fear to tread. Don’t be hasty in visiting indoor places as they still can be hazardous to your health.

According to Forbes, if there is any indication that the risk for catching COVID-19 is higher than normal, avoid these establishments. Here are some pitfalls:

  1. The interior is too cramped. If you can’t maintain a distance of six feet from your neighbor, stay away.
  2. Poor ventilation. Indoor places with poor air circulation and few open windows are hotbeds for viral spread. Infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner told Business Insider that coronavirus particles more easily linger in the air of enclosed, poorly ventilated spaces.
  3. Too many customers. Experts told Business Insider that restaurants and other businesses should cap the number of occupants. They should also limit how long diners linger.
  4. Loud talking, shouting and singing. According to Fox News, loud talking could leave the coronavirus in the air for up to 14 minutes.
  5. No access to hand sanitation. Make sure there is ready access to soap and water, hand sanitizers and wipes in the location, said Forbes.
  6. Poor sanitation. Stay away from establishments that do not post their cleaning and disinfecting procedures or make cleaning staff visible throughout the day. Don’t be afraid to ask about their sanitation plan.
  7. People not following rules. Avoid places where customers or staff are flagrantly disregarding safety guidelines such as not washing hands or wearing masks.
  8. Low air space. It’s not just the distance between people that counts, according to Forbes, it’s also the air space above you. “Low ceilings may leave little room for anything in the air to dissipate,” said Bruce Y. Lee, senior contributor to Forbes.

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