C-Force: Experts Say To Watch the Weight and Spend More Time Outside

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Hensrud goes on to say that making small changes can make a big difference.

"On a practical basis, I can't emphasize enough that eating a healthy diet does not have to be drudgery. It should be enjoyable. There's a lot of great food out there," he says.

He concludes by urging people to try to engage in some activity every day. It can be as simple as taking a walk outside. USA Today's Joel Shannon recently took the suggestion a step further. "A new tool to fight COVID-19 is on the rise across the United States: warm, fresh air," he writes. As we roll into spring and summer, taking a walk in the great outdoors provides people with what some experts are calling an opportunity to "enjoy low-risk outdoor activities to better their physical and mental health."

Nooshin Razani is a University of California, San Francisco, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and co-author of a widely cited systematic review of studies on indoor versus outdoor spread of COVID-19 and similar viruses. "Outdoors are not only safe but really, really important," he explains to Shannon. His study found there was about a 20 times higher chance of transmission indoors than outdoors.

As to what is safe to do outside, experts are "generally hesitant to label any activity completely safe because a host of factors are at play," Shannon writes. "Exercising outdoors with members of your household is among the most commonly cited examples of a safe activity," he says.


For those who have been avoiding outdoor activities out of caution, Gleb Tsipursky, author of "Resilience: Adapt and Plan for the New Abnormal of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic," points out that depriving yourself of joy does not necessarily keep you any safer.

"COVID is not a punishment for sin," adds Razani. "It's a respiratory virus that primarily spreads between people in close proximity, especially in poorly ventilated spaces."


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