How risky is it to visit a hair salon? Sitting in a restaurant? Go to a cinema? As more and more companies open their businesses, South Africans ask themselves these questions every day. Now there is a new diagram that may offer some answers.
The Texas Medical Association Coronavirus Task Force recently released a chart listing general activities and the risk associated with each risk. Each activity is measured on a scale from 1 to 9, which measures risk (where 1 indicates the lowest risk and 9 the highest) and divides it into 5 different risk level categories.
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"What the task force saw was that (people needed something visual) to understand better because there is a lot of information (they need to go through)," said Dr. Erica Swegler, a task force doctor, in a statement.
“Every single outdoor activity is less risky than anything indoors. People have to decide what risk they consider appropriate for themselves and their families to live their lives. "
The ranking is as follows:
Low risk activities:
- Open mail (1)
- Take-out restaurant available (2)
- Play tennis (2)
- Go camping (2)
Medium to low risk activities:
- Grocery shopping (3)
- Walk, run or ride a bike (3)
- Play golf (3)
- Stay in a hotel for two nights (4)
- Sitting in a doctor's waiting room (4)
- Go to a library or museum (4)
- Dining in an outdoor restaurant (4)
- Walking in a busy city center (4)
- Spend an hour in a playground (4)
Medium risk activities:
- Someone else's dinner (5)
- Visit to a barbecue (5)
- Go to a beach (5)
- Shopping in a mall (5)
- Sending children to school, camp or day care center (6)
- Work in an office building for a week (6)
- Swimming in a public pool (6)
- Visiting Elderly Relatives or Friends in Their Home (6)
Medium to high risk activities:
- Go to a hair salon or hair salon (7)
- Eating in a restaurant (7)
- Attending a wedding or funeral (7)
- Traveling by plane (7)
- Play basketball (7)
- Play football (7)
- Hug or shake hands when greeting a friend (7)
High Risk Activities:
- Buffet meal (8)
- Exercise in a gym (8)
- Go to an amusement park (8)
- Going to the cinema (8)
- Visiting a major music concert (8)
- Go to a sports stadium (8)
- Participation in a service with more than 500 believers (8)
- Go to a bar (8)
Gauteng on the way to the epicenter of COVID-19 in SA
By July 8, 2020, South Africa had identified 215,855 COVID-19 positive cases. 102,299 people have recovered from these; 110 054 of the cases are active and 3 502 people have died.
Gauteng has recently seen an increase in positive cases and it looks like it will soon be the epicenter of the pandemic in the country with 71,488 cases. Western Cape, which is currently the epicenter of the pandemic, has 72 156 cases.
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In a recent interview with Cape Talk, Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize determined what was happening in Gauteng.
“As we speak, Gauteng is the only area where the number has increased quite a bit. This is worrying, although we expected them to reach these levels, ”he said.
He also mentioned that while some restrictions may be enforced again, nothing has yet been confirmed.
"We could move on to some sort of limitation (but) no decisions have been made yet."
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