What We Know (and Don’t) About Catching Covid-19 Outdoors Work

Everyone says outdoors is safer. Here’s why.

People enjoy an afternoon at Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach on May 24, 2020 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

“The risk is definitely lower outdoors. The primary reason is there’s just such a large volume of clean air.”

How the coronavirus gets airborne

“It’s not about one inhalation. It’s about sitting there and breathing it over time.”

Why outside is less risky

Being outside is just one layer of protection

Simulated summer sunlight kills 90% of the coronavirus particles in aerosols within six minutes, according to a June 11 study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Clearing up confusing communication

Even with a mask and several feet of separation, you wouldn’t want to be just downwind from a group of people who are singing or shouting.

What experts are willing to do outdoors



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