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Following the Gym Rules Won’t Always Protect You

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We trust the people in charge. Notice that many of us didn’t ask “when is it safe to go back to the gym?” but rather “when is my gym opening?” An outbreak traced to a Canadian spin studio drives this point home. The gym followed the rules, but the rules weren’t good enough.

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The outbreak, reported to involve at least 69 people, started in a spin studio. Bikes were distanced from each other, making sure people were six feet apart. Masks were required before and after classes, but not during exercise itself. The result was that up to 21 maskless people were breathing heavy in the same small indoor space. Of course people got sick.

Six feet is not a force field

Masks and distancing work together, because neither is perfect on their own. Remember that the coronavirus can almost certainly travel in droplets that are small enough to float through the air. The six-foot rule reduces your exposure but it doesn’t guarantee that you’re safe.

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Masks are still important

Many areas’ regulations don’t require masks “during exertion” or “while actively exercising.” This exception is based on convenience, not science. The coronavirus doesn’t decide not to infect people if you happen to be exercising when you expel it from your mouth and nose. In fact, when you’re exercising, you’re likely to be breathing harder and are probably putting the people around you at higher risk than if you’re not.

We’ve known this for a while! A fitness dance workshop in Korea in March resulted in 112 cases among participants and their contacts. “Vigorous exercise in confined spaces should be minimized during outbreaks,” write the authors of a report on the outbreak that was published online in May.

Yes, it sucks to exercise in a mask. It really, really does. (Often literally, as you’re inhaling mouthfuls of cloth between reps.) As a result, even in places where masks are mandated during exercise, people often pull their mask down. I’ve heard of plenty of gyms where the management doesn’t enforce mask rules because they just don’t care to. (Perhaps some are worried about being able to keep members in a tenuous economy; in a sense, I understand.)

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What to do

Personally, you would not catch me dead in an indoor fitness studio right now, with people doing cardio all around me, whether I am wearing a mask or not. I run outside, I’m lucky enough to have weights at home, and if I go to an indoor gym I go rarely, at off-peak times, keep my distance from others, stay away from cardio equipment, and I wear a mask over my mouth and nose.

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Be wary of any exercise in a place that’s not well-ventilated, because those aerosol droplets could be hanging in the air. Six feet between bikes isn’t enough; neither is a plexiglass barrier if it doesn’t actually seal off one person’s air space from another.

Heavy breathing ranks alongside singing and shouting as a way of generating those smaller droplets. Studios with loud music may be especially bad, says the medical officer of health from the city with the spin studio outbreak, because people tend to shout to be heard.

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Even in less-risky gym environments, like areas dedicated to weights rather than aerobics, keep your mask on. If you can’t tolerate an exercise with a mask over your mouth and nose, then in the time of COVID-19 you probably shouldn’t be doing it near people at all. Yes, I hate this fact too, but it’s not because I like being a buzzkill; it’s just the way the virus works.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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