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Is going for a walk really that bad?

Asked by SergeantQueen (11751points) March 25th, 2020

Staying away from people and going on a trail is what I mean.
I really want to, but so many people are getting pissed at seeing people out for walks. I am doing everything I can to not leave the house unless needed, but realistically I need to go outside for a little bit or I’ll go crazy.
Is it that harmful to just for for a walk on a trail?

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JLeslie's avatar

I’m no expert on what states are ordering what, but as far as I know, we are encouraged to go outside and get some fresh air, just keep our distance from others. It was mentioned on another Q that people are putting Teddy bears in their windows so kids can look for them when they walk with their parents through the neighborhood. Where I live most people are staying inside, or very close to home with a short walk. Our golf courses are open though, and people are still golfing, keeping minimum 6 ft of space between other players, unless of course it is players who live in the same household. My friend who takes photographs of nature as her hobby basically has not had much change with the rules right now.

Maybe check your state website for what the orders are where you live.

My sister is in NYC and I doubt she is leaving her apartment at all for anything. Going outside will mean touch the elevator, touching the door downstairs. I wonder if she is even doing her laundry right now. I live in a house, so I don’t have to worry about all of that.

I personally feel better right now staying inside for the most part.

josie's avatar

Our governor has been very hard core about social distancing and imposing restrictions on commerce.

Even he suggests that going outside and getting some exercise is good. Just keep your distance from others.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Okay good. Yes, exercise is allowed but so many people of FB getting mad at others doing it, it’s sparking my anxiety and making me just want to stay in. I will go for a short walk later today.

rebbel's avatar

Fuck those Facebook high horse knights.
You know what you do to be compliant to the regulations.
So take a stroll if you like to.
The Facebook assholes won’t see you anyway, on the trail; there being do-gooders behind their screens

zenvelo's avatar

I went on a six mile hike in an open space on Sunday, most people were very good about keeping their distance. It was good to be out in the fresh air and also to be getting exercise.

Go for it. Just don’t go in a group.

ucme's avatar

I am officially allowed one form of outdoor exercise a day & you can bet that’s a run.
I run almost every day & that will not be taken away from me lightly.
I make sure to distance from those I pass & have encountered nothing but polite friendly smiles.

Caravanfan's avatar

What I’m telling people is think of it like a zombie outbreak. You’re fine outside unless you are within proximity of a zombie.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Getting outside hasn’t been banned where I am.They just want people to maintain a 6’ distance.
I’ll get out for a walk tomorrow. As it is, I don’t see many people where I go.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Thanks Doc ;>) !! Needed that.

@SergeantQueen Just don’t live stream you walk on FB !

filmfann's avatar

Walking outside is fine. You don’t need a mask either, as long as no one speaks to you, or you to them.
If you are in a grocery store, wear a mask. Breathing spittle could be bad for others.

KNOWITALL's avatar

It’s not wrong at all, in fact it’s a stress reliever and highly recommended! People are getting kooky so watch your back.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Wisconsin Covid-19 executive order – PDF “Essential Activities. Individuals may leave their home or residence to perform any of the following:” [includes] “Outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, including visiting public and state parks, provided individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined below. Such activities include, by way of example and without limitation, walking, biking, hiking, or running.”

Michigan Covid-19 executive order
“Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary to…engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.”

Illinois Covid-19 executive order
“Leaving the home for essential activities is permitted. For purposes of this Executive Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities” [inclues] “For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas. However, playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed.”

zenvelo's avatar

@SergeantQueen You inspired me to go for a walk this afternoon in one of the local open spaces. Some fresh air to clear the mind and open the senses,

SergeantQueen's avatar

I just got back from a 5 mile walk!!! I walked 2.5 miles on the trail and 2.5 back home. Was very calming and I didn’t realize how much I needed that! I took a lot of pictures and videos of the rivers and hearing the water running on the rocks was so relaxing. I took my headphones off and just listened to nature. I might leave earlier tomorrow and walk longer, we’ll see. There is a very pretty part of the trail 3 miles out that I got to on my bike but not walking.

Jonsblond's avatar

We’re supposed to have nice weather next week. I’m going to go hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park.

SergeantQueen's avatar

^^^OH YOU LUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I FREAKING LOVE DEVILS LAKE!!!!!!!! I HAVE to talk to my parents but it’s far :( Now would be perfect! You got me so jealous now!!!

SergeantQueen's avatar

I would go there in October with my CAP group and I love the views on the rocks! Devil’s staircase was too much for me, but I like the easier trails. Being in the woods is nice and this time of the year + October/November is the perfect time. Cooler weather, pretty trees, and no nasty bugs.

RabidWolf's avatar

Sometimes you have no choice but to get out. My dogs need to be walked so they can do their business. Sometimes I need to get out and take in the air. I avoided people in general even before this happened. So nothing new is being done by me. If I choose to go for a walk in the woods then I will. I get very claustrophobic if I’m forced to be confined for too long. When this happens I can get way beyond pissed off.

Nomoreyahoo's avatar

Go for it. This crap is way overblown anyway. The flu pandemic of 1918 1919 was infinately worse.

Jeruba's avatar

“Infinitely.” And no, it wasn’t.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

We are just getting started. 1,000 dead total in the US so far. It’s going to be 2,000 every day by the end of next week, and still rising.

jca2's avatar

Take a walk alone, or with friends if you keep your social distance.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Just did an 8 mile bike ride today! Got rained on but it was worth it honestly.

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RabidWolf's avatar

Some people were complaining about overpopulation, some even suggested forced sterilization. Now worldwide people are dying from this attack. I wonder how they feel about the death toll, those people who have died. This attack does not care who you are, if you’re rich, poor, middle class. But maybe it doesn’t matter to those who were complaining as long as the ones that die aren’t a family member. Those that went out and bought out the stores of toilet paper, well they’ll need all that toilet paper when the riots start. Their life will be in the shitter.

Jonsblond's avatar

@SergeantQueen I went to Devil’s Lake today. It was gorgeous! It was my first visit to the park. I have wanted to visit since I moved to Wisconsin. I’ll try to share some pics for you later. I need to get my husband from work right now.

SergeantQueen's avatar

@Jonsblond I would love pictures! I’m glad you liked it, it’s such a pretty park.

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