Business Insider interviewed Bill Gates regarding his ‘pandemic routine’:
He told Insider he’s also been making more time for playing tennis lately and going for walks in his suburban Seattle neighborhood — while wearing a mask.
Bill appears to be wearing a mask when he is out and about in his neighborhood?!
I have not been masking up when I take my neighborhood walks and neither do my neighbors. I find I can physically distance easily on my walks, which seems like a safe bet with our current COVID 19 science. According to the CDC, it is important to wear a mask outdoors if physically distancing isn’t possible.
Our WA state mask mandate states:
You do not need to wear one when you exercise outdoors with plenty of space. It’s a good idea to keep a face covering in your pocket in case you come across other people.
I would definitely wear a mask (or have it very handy) on the hiking trails around here. Trails tend to be narrow and it is easy to come across a party going the opposite direction without much warning. I also wear a mask outdoors on busy urban sidewalks because it pretty tough to physically distance under those circumstances.
I do find it a bit uncomfortable to wear a mask while exercising, particularly in warm weather, and I have been testing the Athleta made to move mask. I have mentioned this mask in earlier posts. I am not a high intensity exerciser so I can’t speak to that. But I do find it pretty comfortable for my activity level.
So for now, I will wear a mask indoors and outdoors when I am hiking or otherwise can’t physically distance. But, I think this is science to keep an eye on.
COVID-19 data for King County (as of 8/12/20):
- New infections – up 1,033 since last week (now 16,979)
- New hospitalizations – up 76 since last week (now 2068)
- Deaths – 23 new deaths (now 680)
When in doubt, Mask Up!
Back on Monday.