May 23, 2020
We’re here to guide you through the Coronavirus lockdown. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.
Why Youre Much Less Likely To Catch Coronavirus Outdoors
We’ve been told we can sunbathe in parks, visit garden centres and travel to open spaces to exercise (within England) – all of which will be mighty tempting over the bank holiday weekend. But is it safe to do so?
Turns out there’s a reason they call it the great outdoors. Exposure to sunshine has been identified as one way of killing off the virus quickly. A study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases found that 90% of coronavirus particles deactivated within 10 minutes when exposed to ultraviolet light from the midday sun.
Researchers simulated the intensity of the sun at 40 degrees latitude – roughly equivalent to Spain – and then examined viral particles in saliva left on surfaces.
In conditions mimicking the winter sun in Spain, 90% of particles were destroyed in less than 15 minutes, while in conditions simulating summer sun, the virus lasted 6.8 minutes, the Times reported.  It had previously been suggested that the virus could last on surfaces for up to 72 hours, so this is quite the reduction.
It’s not the temperature that kills the virus (the World Health Organisation says the virus spreads in both hot and cold climates), rather the ultraviolet light. UV light is even being used in New York City to disinfect the subway and buses.
So, while we should continue to practice social distancing of 2m whenever we leave our homes to avoid coming into contact with an infected person or spreading the virus ourselves, experts agree that the chances of picking it up outdoors are far lower than catching it in enclosed spaces.Related... Is It Okay To Visit Loved Ones In The Garden Or Front Drive? Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, also confirmed in one of the prime minister’s daily press briefings that outdoor environments are far less risky than indoor environments due to their being more space and a natural breeze to disperse any germs.
Back in April, he said: “If you think about being outdoors, first of all, by and large, distancing between human beings is greater anyway, but if you just stand still for a moment and just experience normal breezes and air currents around you, you absolutely get a sense that any kind of plumes of anything are going to be very rapidly dispersed. “It is absolutely a biological truism that outdoor environments are much less [of a] risk than indoor environments,” he said.
He’s not alone in his thinking. Dr Michael Head, a senior research fellow in global health from the University of Southampton, tells HuffPost UK there is already “good evidence” to show risks of respiratory infectious disease transmission are lower outdoors.
“We also know that an indoor well-ventilated environment also lowers these risks,” he says, as it can result in “wider dispersal” of the virus from any infected person and therefore anyone nearby is exposed to a lower viral load.
When you’re outside, there are also fewer surfaces for the virus to land on that can be touched by another person. “Being outdoors of course does not prevent transmission altogether, but it does greatly reduce the risk of new infections,” says Dr Head.
It’s still important to practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly (or carry hand sanitiser), but at least you can feel a little less worried next time you head to the park. Related... What The New Coronavirus Quarantine Rule Means For Your Summer Holiday How To Make Your Own No-Sew Face Cover In 40 Seconds Can Air Conditioning Spread Coronavirus? What You Need To Know
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Kylie's Dress Heals, Face Yoga & World's Cheapest Electric Car
July 14, 2020
nfDdPO0a5QQ
Will Curses Out 50?, Kulture's B-Day & Germiest Place on Earth
July 13, 2020
o7r-7kkoW2Y
Kanye West Honors Late Mother With New Song "Donda"
July 13, 2020
T0IVNs_zSQs
Kylie Jenner & Meg Thee Stallion Late Night Swim Sesh | TMZ
July 14, 2020
ZUiTla7dzDM
Activist Bakari Sellers Says Black Doctors Saved Wife After Childbirth | TMZ
July 13, 2020
Ok0CS4BkHoo
TikTok Hype House's Thomas Petrou Will Migrate if App Shuts Down | TMZ
July 12, 2020
uiOmUNQuuLE
'Selling Sunset’ star Christine Quinn’s mother hospitalized following heart attack | Page Six News
July 14, 2020
k5KP8e599S0
This is the poop that flushed Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage away | Page Six Celebrity News
July 14, 2020
gJSVeY-GXW0
‘90 Day Fiancé’ cast updates: Colt, Larissa and more! | Page Six Celebrity News
July 13, 2020
ipvDqxkedm0
'Penny Dreadful' Production Designer on Taking Down 'Deadwood' to Create 1930s Downtown Los Angeles
July 13, 2020
P30WGdETZmY
'Honey Boy' Director Al'ma Harel Explains How 'Bombay Beach' Introduced Her to Shia LaBeouf
July 11, 2020
TW9HOfgdnxo
How To Craft A Skeksi From The 'Dark Crystal' Creature Creators
July 11, 2020
Ixto3tj6eVE
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
14
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Norwich City
14
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Brescia
13
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Southampton
13
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Granada CF - Real Madrid
13
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Torino
13
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Alaves - Getafe
13
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Villarreal - Real Sociedad
12
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Arsenal
12
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - AC Milan
12
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Mallorca
11
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Sheffield United - Chelsea
11
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brighton - Manchester City
11
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Real Betis
11
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Atalanta
11
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Burnley
11
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Barcelona
11
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Brescia - Roma
10
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Alaves
09
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Aston Villa - Manchester United
09
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Inter Milan
09
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Bournemouth - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brighton - Liverpool
08
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Espanyol
08
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Parma
08
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Newcastle United
08
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Napoli
07
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Juventus
07
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Celta Vigo - Atletico Madrid
07
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Leicester City
07
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Chelsea
06
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Everton
05
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Roma
05
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Southampton - Manchester City
05
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Villarreal - Barcelona
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
-g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.