7 Common Places You Should Definitely Avoid Even If They’re Open

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1. Tattoo parlors

In some U.S. states such as Indiana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, tattoo artists are now allowed to ink their customers again. However, taking into consideration that you can’t actually maintain six feet of distance between you and your tattoo artist, you both are at risk—even if you’re wearing mask and gloves.

New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, said that it’s best to forget about body art in the age of COVID-19. “I would avoid new piercings and new tattoos to be safe,” he says. Also, anyone who’s ever gotten a tattoo knows that the process can draw blood, which could possibly transmit COVID-19, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


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2. Bowling alleys

Do you remember when bowling alleys were a controversial topic after a doctor working with patients with the Ebola virus visited a New York bowling alley and then came down with the illness himself? Well, to freshen up your memory, this unfortunate incident left many of us concerned about the surfaces of a shared bowling ball, which is likely to house a lot of germs.

And you probably know, the coronavirus is even more deadly and contagious than Ebola which killed 11,310 people in six countries (Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the US and Mali).

As if bowling balls weren’t germy enough, bowling is also an activity that requires a certain type of shoes. Those shoes are shared and you’ve likely heard by now that coronavirus droplets can exist and last for hours or even days depending on the material of the shoe. As podiatrist Thomas F. Vail, DPM, notes, “rented bowling shoes can be a host to several microorganisms.”

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2 thoughts on “7 Common Places You Should Definitely Avoid Even If They’re Open”

  1. I have talked to Hundreds of people who also are very confused about the Hot-Spots of catching Covid-19. I think by statistics of people catching it and people dying from it they don’t warrant shut downs of our entire societies establishments. Yes, this is a serious pandemic but wouldn’t it be more wise to educate the elderly who are at the highest risk and their families of proper precautions. I myself am a senior and choose not to go out in public as a precautionary measure not to catch the disease at this time. If and when I do go out in Public, I wear a mask and stay in open areas. But when I read about 7 ways most common to transmitting the virus…then how is it we don’t have millions more people catching this virus. I understand that some people are asymptomatic and some just get slightly ill. Again… do we shut down the entire country…Or do we educate them and our seniors and people with compromised immune systems. Still is very frustrating for many Americans trying to understand this disease from the information we receive from our media outlets

  2. I was going to ask about bowling alleys and see it is #3 on the list. Our league is due to begin its season on 10-14. I was hesitating to begin as I was told “not necessary to wear masks” and now I really won’t bowl. Thank you for listing these places. Stay safe and Be Smart.

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