Playing golf safely in this age of COVID-19.
If you love to play golf, the good news for you is that your chances of catching the Coronavirus disease, are pretty low.
Yes, on a golf course, you would be walking past other golfers. So, perhaps you are thinking, is it possible for you to contract Novel Coronavirus just by walking by these other golfers on the golf course?
Dr. Amesh Adalja, Johns Hopkins University states:
“The virus doesn’t teleport from one person to another. It has to have some mechanism to get there.”
That is why, one of the norms to protect against COVID-19, is to keep a minimum distance of 6 feet, from the person near to you.
Of course, there can be not a shred of doubt, that when you sit or stand close to someone, all through 18 holes on a golf course, you are bound to invite trouble – if the other golfer is infected with the New Coronavirus. And this is just the reason why a good many golf courses, have temporarily restricted the use of golf carts or limited their use to just a single individual.
Dr. J. Trees Ritter, DO, Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, states:
“While it maybe isn’t a huge risk, there are other factors to consider. It’s better to be pretty rigid up front on what people can and cannot do just to keep them in that mindset.”
Dr. J. Trees Ritter adds:
“… these respiratory droplets really don’t spread much more than spitting distance. When you’re outside, the risk is even lower.”
What about touching things and surfaces when playing golf?
Dr. Amesh Adalja, Johns Hopkins University says:
“Any type of touched surface has the potential for transmission.”
Should you wear a mask when playing golf?
“Masks are not really to protect you, but to protect other people.” – Dr. Amesh Adalja.