Like it or not, gyms are not safe. According to Shainhouse, “holding the railings on any gym equipment before thoroughly wiping them down with antibacterial wipes puts you at risk of acquiring any of the germs that were on the hands of the people who used the equipment before you,” she says. “Since most people tend to touch their eyes, nose, mouth, and face—at least while wiping the sweat off during their cardio block—they are at risk of transferring germs.”
The free weights at your gym pose a major threat as well, so consider using some disinfecting wipes whenever you train with the weights. But until they reopen, here’s How to Avoid Weight Gain When the Gym Is Closed.
Poles or handles on public transportation
According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the coronavirus can live on metal surfaces for up to three days. Guess what subway poles are made of. It’s true that authorities are doing their best to enforce strict cleaning procedures but it’s difficult to keep the subway, buses and other public transportation clean at all times. You can never be too sure when was the last time a pole or handle was cleaned.
Therefore, whenever using public transportation, avoid touching overhead handles or poles. It might take a while before getting used to not touching them, but it’s a lot safer than relying on them for support and contracting the coronavirus instead. Consider wearing gloves and throwing them after getting off.