News : A virologist considers runners a danger of contagion from the coronavirus


News :

A virologist considers runners a danger of contagion from the coronavirus


Several runners wear face masks in a file photo

The obligation to wear a mask on the street and in closed places (except restaurants or bars when you are already settled) in Spain does not include runners or those who practice sports outdoors. Several studies have shown that the risk of contagion of the coronavirus while exercising in the street (especially in places with less influx of people, obviously) is practically zero. In the case of cyclists and runners, the fact that they are in motion and the contact is ephemeral makes this possible exchange of particles in the air very difficult.

An element of risk

But the virologist Diego Arroyo, director of the company Progenier Molecular, also draws attention to the risk of crossing or maintaining contact with people who are running as a sport, that is, the “runners”. They believe that they are an element of risk because they do not usually wear a mask, breathe harder and release body fluids.

He has commented on it in the Cadena SER program ‘Hoy por hoy Comunitat Valenciana’ and has also stated that the capacity of public transport should be limited, so that the safety distance can be maintained, something that has already been reiterated from many sectors after seeing images of subway cars crowded in several European cities.

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