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Follow the World Health Organization's instructions to reduce your risk of infection:

1/ Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2/ When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw issue away immediately and wash hands.

3/ Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough.

John Burn-Murdoch+ Your Authors @jburnmurdoch Stories, stats & scatterplots for @FinancialTimes | Daily updates of the coronavirus trajectory tracker | [email protected] | #dataviz Aug. 03, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Some people are using the US rowers story to say outdoor activities are not Covid-safe.

The rowers were all infected by their physical therapist, who had prolonged, close, indoor contact with "pretty much the whole team" in his sessions
 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/sports/olympics/coronavirus-us-rowing-olympics.html 

This is *totally* different to spending a day on the beach or in the park, even if using shared bathrooms, shower areas, car parks.

Yet these pictures are being used to illustrate stories about the resurgence of the virus. It's hugely misleading and discourages safe behaviour.

A study of 318 outbreak clusters found only one in an outdoor environment  https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.04.20053058v1 

Another one found that the risk indoors is approximately 19x the risk outdoors  https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.28.20029272v2 

I've no idea why the long lens brigade want to shame people for getting some fresh air, but there's absolutely no science behind any of their alarmism.

Keep enjoying the great outdoors responsibly, folks ☀️🏖🌳⛰


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