Every state in the county is experiencing some degree of "reopening" amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are enjoying finally returning to restaurants and seeing friends in person. During Tuesday's hearing, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy Infection and Diseases, told Congress that being outside is still the safest way to spend time with others. But outdoor COVID-19 exposure risk is not uniform among all activities.

"Outdoor [is] better than indoor," says Dr. Fauci. "Congregation at a bar inside is bad news. We really got to stop that right now when you have areas that are surging like you see right now." As long as you maintain social distancing of six feet and wear a mask when you can, your risk of contracting COVID-19 is much lower, he says.

Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, explains that the rate of COVID-19 transmission is much lower when you're outside.

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