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Can a social distancing zone protect you during rides?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

As you are no doubt aware, the COVID-19 virus is transmitted by droplets which don’t travel very far or linger in the air for a long period of time, so social distancing should prevent transmission.

For this reason the majority of us will be getting our daily fix of exercise indoors. However, it just so happens that as the UK lockdown starts we are experiencing the best weather in a long time, and most of my riders would rather be outside. So my suggestion is if you do decide to get outside for a ride, go solo and where possible avoid built up areas. The safe social distancing recommendations are based on people standing near each other, for example on public transport, and not whilst moving quickly on a bike.

What if you are exposed to coughs during a ride?

If you are riding solo, this isn't likely to be a problem. But if your face is on the receiving end of something nasty, avoid touching that area until you have washed with alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water. We touch our faces much more frequently and unknowingly, it would be good practice to carrying your own hand sanitizer. Make sure to keep your bike, kit, bottles as clean as possible, an extra long wash won't do any harm and neither will using the dishwasher to clean bottles.

If you have cold symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, sneezing), or fever and cough, you could have any number of viruses, including COVID-19, so you should take complete rest and the last thing you should be thinking about is training whilst the symptoms persist. In a scenario where someone ride, runs or walks into a sneeze or a cough, that would obviously present an increased risk. That’s why the health authorities are insisting we stay home if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, in order to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus to others.

Keep well and look after each other.

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