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Chances of catching covid if you have your windows down in the car?

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Greenbutterlfy566 Sat 20-Jun-20 16:02:01

What are the chances of catching covid if you have your car windows down?

Ie: passing people on the road and other cars ahead of you with their windows down?

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loutypips Sat 20-Jun-20 16:05:25

If someone coughs or sneezes at you, or shouts or sings at you then probably you could. But Covid is not airborne.

See item 3 here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-epidemiology-virology-and-clinical-features#transmission

BaconandWaffles Sat 20-Jun-20 16:35:04

Basically zero. Are people really this paranoid??

TheGreatWave Sat 20-Jun-20 16:36:29

Probably a lot less than a wasp flying in and stinging you.

WallsKOL Sat 20-Jun-20 16:47:02

Please please just stop

NC4Now Sat 20-Jun-20 16:49:04

However, at the drive in test centre they insist on windows up at all times except the actual swabbing 🤷‍♀️

RightIsRight Sat 20-Jun-20 16:51:18

Zero

AuntieMarys Sat 20-Jun-20 16:55:27

Dear God.

Drivingdownthe101 Sat 20-Jun-20 16:56:30

Zero to none.

Andromache77 Sat 20-Jun-20 16:57:44

I suspect that the drive-in test centre is trying to protect workers from those being tested and not the other way round. Unless you're in the middle of a crowd with your windows down or someone leans over and coughs in your face through them, it's pretty safe.

But keep them up if you really must, it won't hurt you either (unless you're travelling with someone else who doesn't live with you, in that case open windows allow for air circulation and significantly reduce the likelihood of infection).

SunbathingDragon Sat 20-Jun-20 16:57:48

NC4Now

However, at the drive in test centre they insist on windows up at all times except the actual swabbing 🤷‍♀️

Driving at speed on a road is different to slowly or waiting stationary in a testing centre, especially when many of the occupants of the cars are assumed to have covid-19. It’s just a courtesy to those doing the test.

kingkuta Sat 20-Jun-20 17:02:21

Hilarious

SockYarn Sat 20-Jun-20 17:08:24

Driving at speed on a road is different to slowly or waiting stationary in a testing centre, especially when many of the occupants of the cars are assumed to have covid-19. It’s just a courtesy to those doing the test.

Exactly this. In a Covid testing centre - and I've been so I know, I'm not just speculating - there are speed ramps and cones everywhere and you drive slooooowly. The staff directing you are not in PPE. They are working on the assumption that everyone in the cars is positive, they have symptoms which is why they are having the test in the first place. The only person wearing PPE is the person who swabs you. Windows closed is a sensible, simple precaution.

Driving past another car with the windows open is zero risk.

I support if you were stuck side by side in a traffic jam for 10 minutes, both had the windows open and were having a long conversation or coughing all over each other perhaps.

But otherwise no way.

Waxonwaxoff0 Sat 20-Jun-20 17:16:42

I'd say nonexistent.

Bol87 Sat 20-Jun-20 17:22:58

People have officially lost the plot 😫

BananaPop2020 Sat 20-Jun-20 17:24:02

This is so ridiculous

Lemonmaid Sat 20-Jun-20 17:24:47

Owners of convertible cars must be driving around with the roof up....

imsooverthisdrama Sat 20-Jun-20 17:25:09

Really ?
Are you that bored ?
Stay home forever if your worried.

Tootletum Sat 20-Jun-20 17:26:00

Is this a serious question?

Educationwhateducation Sat 20-Jun-20 17:28:49

Erm about as much chance of me winning the lottery tonight - in fact, I think I’d be far more likely to win the lottery tonight.

Oblomov20 Sat 20-Jun-20 17:36:23

FFS
Are you serious?
Please go and see your GP re your anxiety.

Cam77 Sat 20-Jun-20 17:38:10

The flippant answers on this thread, tutututut.
A)A lot of people have anxiety issues related to the disease.
B)What is the harm in asking about the associated risk of an activity?
C)If the people/government of Britain had had a more cautious and sensible mindset at the beginning, we might not now have the 2nd highest per capita toll in the world with new daily cases still in the 1000s and associated deaths in the 100s. AND the economy would not be quite so screwed as numbers would be way down, the perceived risk way down, and people would be venturing outside to use nonessential services rather than still waiting it out.

cinammonbuns Sat 20-Jun-20 17:41:13

@cam77 the problem is nobody on here can answer that question for them. Not even a virologist could answer that questions. It’s random and vague. And answering it seriously would be fuelling disproportionate anxiety.

OP, I cannot tell if this is a serious question but if it is please contact your GP for anxiety help.

Scottishgirl85 Sat 20-Jun-20 17:43:02

This is literally insane. I'm sorry op but I think you need to address your anxiety.

Topseyt Sat 20-Jun-20 17:50:57

No risk at all. That is what I would say I'm

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