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).
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.”