Covid-19 Recovery Consulting has published a Risk Index which outlines those activities it perceives to be high risk, versus those deemed to be low risk during the pandemic.
“As businesses begin to reopen and you resume your daily life after Covid-19 closures, use our Risk Index to determine the safety levels of your favourite activities,” it said.
The risk level of contracting Covid-19 from different activities vary based on four factors:
- Enclosed space
- Duration of interaction
- Crowds – The density of people and social distancing
- Forceful exhalation – Sneezing, yelling, singing, and coughing
The activities perceived to be high risk include: indoor parties, night clubs and bars, contact sports, public transport, air travel, concerts, religious services, theatres, and watching sports live.
Medium- to high-risk activities include: exercising in a gym, going to a hairdresser or nail salon, working in an office, and visiting a restaurant.
Medium risk activities include: visiting a hospital, going to the dentist, taking a metered taxi or Uber, visiting a museum, and outdoor restaurant dining.
Low- and low/medium-risk activities include: staying at home, walking outdoors, picking up fast-food, running, cycling, picnics, tennis, golf, and shopping.
It follows a similar list published by the Texas Medical Association (TMA), ranking the risk of infection with Covid-19 for a number of activities.
The index ranks activities on a scale of 1 to 10, reflecting how risky they are in terms of exposure to the coronavirus.
This list has been ranked by physician experts from the TMA Covid-19 Task Force, and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases.
South Africa’s Covid-19 cases soared by 13,104 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total infections to 408,052 since the start of the outbreak.
Meanwhile, 153 more people succumbed to the disease, pushing the death toll to 6,093.
Of the additional fatalities, 48 are from the Eastern Cape, 38 from KwaZulu-Natal, 31 from Gauteng, 28 from the Western Cape and eight from the Northern Cape.
In his address to the nation on Thursday, president Cyril Ramaphosa said the country should brace itself for the difficult weeks ahead, as the worst-hit provinces of Gauteng (with 148,854 cases), Western Cape (88,928), Eastern Cape (69,445) and KwaZulu-Natal (53,406) experience a rapid rise in infections.
“We have also seen a levelling-off of infections in the Western Cape since the third week of June. Although it may be too early to tell, this development provides some hope that the province may have passed the peak of infections,” said the president.
He called on South Africans to remain cautious and vigilant, and continue to follow strict prevention measures in order to avoid another rise in infections.
While the number of new cases is a cause for concern, president Ramaphosa said the country continues to have one of the lowest case-fatality rates in the world, and has fewer COVID-19 deaths than many countries with similar or even lower numbers of infection.
The total number of those who have recuperated is 236,260, which translates to a 58% recovery rate.
A total of 2 632 106 tests have been conducted to date, 46,638 of which were done in the last 24 hours.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of cases worldwide has surpassed the 15 million mark, while 619,150 deaths have been reported.
South Africa is now the fifth-affected nation in the world and accounts for more than half of the confirmed cases on the African continent.