TodayApril 15, 2022

Driving and running during COVID-19

Let’s be careful out there

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought some considerable changes to the way we live and work. And while some states are starting to dial back lockdown measures, we all need to remain extra vigilant. Many people will continue to work from home through next year. Some companies are allowing their employees to move their offices to their homes for good. Others will find a safe sanctuary in their vehicles as they commute back to work. 

The last thing our healthcare system needs is a second spike in pandemic cases just as the infection curve is starting to flatten. Since gyms have been closed, more people are outdoors walking, biking, and running. These people are still able to achieve their fitness goals. They have kept their fitness goals in mind. 

The health and fitness associations have advice to all the people outdoors exercising, and the people in their cars

Give other pedestrians and runners a wide berth.

As much as you might feel “in the zone” when you exercise, it’s up to you to stay aware of your surroundings. Remember that someone doesn’t need to have visible symptoms to be a carrier of COVID-19. It’s best to err on the side of caution and maintain a barrier of at least 2 meters / six feet from other runners and pedestrians. 

Be wary near roads

Even though lockdown measures are starting to get more relaxed, many roads are still much quieter than they were prior to the lockdown. As such, you should be especially cautious near roads. Be careful; there are drivers out there right now acting like these empty roads are their own personal race track, like the millionaire in New York City that wrecked his $750,000 Porsche Gemballa Mirage GT supercar who was charged with reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. While you can hire a DUI lawyer, prevention is always the best cure. Turn the music down, look both ways, and avoid blind corners when running on or near roads. 

Wash your hands before and after running

By all means, carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you, but these alcoholic gels are no substitute for washing with good old fashioned soap and water. Combined with proper washing technique, soap and water attack the outer layer of lipids which surround viral cells, quite literally tearing the virus apart. So be sure to wash your hands before and after you hit the road. The hand sanitizer should be used if you touch handrails and gateposts with your bare hands.

Should you wear a mask when running? 

Finally, there’s much debate as to whether or not runners should wear masks to cover their faces when running. I wear a mask around my neck when running, and if I get within six feet of someone, I put the mask over my face. There are, however, certain risks that come with wearing a poorly fitted mask when running. It can impair eyesight and breathing in ways that can create risks of their own. However, there’s sufficient evidence to suggest that you should still wear a mask while performing other outdoor activities like walking, shopping, etc. 

Like the cop said in the old TV series, “Let’s be careful out there.”


Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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