How dangerous is spitting during COVID-19 while cycling?
People all around the world are being told to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from one another. While this provides the necessary protection from the disease spreading from people to people when they are stationary, this means the 6 feet distance from other people only works when you are standing still. When we are riding, it is a whole different story.
Aerodynamics when riding a bike during COVID-19
When we are riding a bicycle, the aerodynamics around us means that this 6-foot distance is not enough. When we sweat and excrete other bodily fluids when riding a bicycle, the air blows these off of us, and it spreads way further than 6 feet. This means maintaining a 6 feet distance when riding is meaningless, and you may still get infected. Recovery time for coronaviruses.
This begs the question of what is the distance we should keep when riding. It is hard to have a single safe distance when riding. The force of the wind around you may increase or decrease the length of this safe distance. So, what should we do if there is no safe distance when riding? The best thing we can do right now is to ride solo until this global pandemic settles down.
How the COVID-19 virus spreads?
The virus is extremely contagious and easily spreads from one person to another. It is spread by respiratory droplets, like when someone coughs, sneezes, or spits. COVID-19 enters the other person’s system when these droplets enter their mouth, nose, or eyes. Coughs and sneezes contain sputum from the lungs, and so does spit.
That means no spiting when riding your bike. Excreting mucus from your nose also does the same.
What to do if you get hit by spit or mucus when riding?
The virus COVID-19 cannot enter your system through your skin. You should wear a mask when outside to ensure you do not get these droplets on your nose or mouth. If you have somehow come in contact with someone else’s mucus or spit, do not touch that area of your body until you have washed it.
Wash that area of your skin with alcohol-based sanitizers as soon as possible. The virus will not be able to enter your body without coming in contact with your nose, mouth, and eyes. So take extra care to cover these parts of your body for a safe life from COVID-19.