Cycling During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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April 28, 2020
Edward Smith

Cycling During the Nationwide Coronavirus Pandemic

The continuous spread of COVID-19 has affected virtually all aspects of our daily life, including our contact with the outdoor world.

With gyms being closed across the country, physical activity has been restricted to at-home workouts, going for a run or a walk, and bike rides.

The coronavirus pandemic has been in effect during the popular pro-cycling season, causing an enormous amount of event cancellations/postponements.

If you have concerns for your personal health and are unsure how cycling could impact your health, we have found health experts’ answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in the cyclist community.

Is it Safe for Me to Ride My Bike?

Yes, but only as long as you are by yourself! In the efforts of social distancing recommendations, it is best to ride solo. If you take a common route among locals, try to plan your ride at a time where it will be minimally crowded. If you are sick or immunocompromised, you should stay at home. For those who are not sick, getting exercise for 30 – 60 minutes per day can help fight off viruses. Just try to maintain a distance of six feet or more from other cyclists and pedestrians that you may encounter during your ride. Any form of group cycling is strongly discouraged.

Should I Use a Mask During My Rides?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun to recommend wearing face cloths in public settings where you are likely to interact with people in close proximity, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Some state governments like California have already been asking the public to wear face masks when they are out in public for essential activities. Wearing masks can help reduce the spread of the virus, which is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. If you are not going to be around people, the mask doesn’t have any benefit, according to Rachel Levine, M.D., Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania.

Is it Legal to Bike Under a Shelter-in-Place Mandate?

California residents were ordered to shelter in place until further notice as of Thursday, March 19. The shelter in place mandate notes that everyone is to stay at home and away from other people as much as possible. However, most of these mandates permit people to go outside and get some fresh air assuming that:

1) They are alone and maintain a six feet distance from others.

2) They are NOT sick.

Is My Immune System Weaker After a Ride?

As your stores of glycogen deplete, your immune system doesn’t function as good as normal. David Nieman, DrPH, suggests avoidance of any long, intense rides or workouts during this time. If you were exposed to COVID-19 shortly after completing a physically challenging ride, your chances of becoming infected could be slightly higher. This doesn’t mean you have to quit cycling or working out altogether, rather that your focus should be on safeguarding your health first and foremost.

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