Being Outdoors Doesn’t Mean You’re Safe From COVID-19 — A White House Event Showed What Not To Do

Updated October 16, 2020

Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, authored a piece on the risk that outdoor gatherings can pose during the COVID-19 pandemic. “If you think you’re safe from the coronavirus just because you’re outdoors, think again,” Russo writes in the article. He notes a lack of mask-wearing, close seating, mingling, hugging and a lack of social distancing at a White House Rose Garden event on Sept. 26 are all risky behaviors.