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When one is outdoors (say at an outdoor restaurant or bar), given outdoor air circulation, how important is social distancing? How important is mask wearing? Does your answer differ for the general population vs CLL patients?
Answer from Dr. Rick Furman
Being outdoors is far safer than indoors given the lack of re-circulation of air. Becoming infected is more dependent upon the duration of exposure than the closeness, so passing by someone outdoors is very low risk in my opinion.
I would say that outdoors with good circulation is clearly lower risk, but there is still some risk, especially if there is prolonged close exposure in an outdoor restaurant or bar. Personally I would still social distance and wear a mask because C-19 is a more serious disease for those with CLL.