By Michael Ruiz
Published July 07, 2020
The Texas Medical Association’s COVID-19 Task Force and Committee on Infectious Diseases ranked 37 activities on a scale of 1-10.
Opening the mail? The lowest risk activity, with a score of 1. Going to a bar? High risk – scoring a 9.
The group’s president, Dr. Diana Fite, has been urging residents to maintain good handwashing hygiene, avoid going out as often as possible, follow social distancing guidelines and wear face masks in public.
Joining going to a bar as the riskiest activities are attending a large concert, going to a sports stadium and attending a religious service with more than 500 worshipers.
The committee said it ranked activities based on input from its members under the assumption that participants were taking as many safety precautions as they could. They also weighed whether the activities would be held indoors or outdoors and how many people would be involved.
Other low-risk activities include getting takeout from a restaurant, pumping gas, playing tennis or going camping. Each of those scored a 2.
Going grocery shopping was ranked only slightly riskier, but getting a haircut, shaking hands and going to the gym all carry much greater risk, according to the list, which can be viewed here.
The group is urging its members to ask their patients to adhere to social distancing guidelines and minimize contact with people from outside their own households.
The Texas Medical Association also recently announced that it was withdrawing as an advertiser from the Texas Republican Party’s state convention in Houston later this month following a surge in cases in the city.
“Since we are no longer advertising at the event, we urge the party to use our $5,000 to buy masks for people who come to the convention without one,” Fite said in a statement on July 3.