Just how much coronavirus risk do different activities have?

By Talk 1370

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Despite recent rises in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, how much risk are you really at of getting COVID-19 with daily activities?

The Texas Medical Association shared a chart with doctors across the state, listing different activities on a scale of 1 to 10, to help inform their patients of the risk they're taking. The chart was put together by physicians from TMA's COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases.

The activities with the highest risk include going to a bar, attending a religious service with more than 500 worshippers, and going to a large concert or sports stadium. At the other end, opening the mail has the least risk, followed closely by getting restaurant takeout, pumping gasoline, playing tennis, and going camping.

Some middle of the road activities, according to TMA? Eating outside at a restaurant, sitting in a doctor's waiting room, having dinner at someone else's house, attending a backyard barbecue, working a week in an office building, and visiting an elderly relative or friend in their home are among the activities in the middle of the scale.

Activities with higher risk include eating inside a restaurant, traveling by plane, playing football or basketball, working out at a gym, and going to a movie theater or amusement park.

Ultimately, TMA is telling doctors the best advice is what we've been hearing all along, urging them to remind patients to "stay home if possible, wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance when they have to go out, and practice safe hand hygiene."