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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Americans across the country — including the 60 million who love running or jogging — have been told to stay home.
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So does that mean they can’t go outside at all? Or is running an essential activity?
Runner’s World tapped Appalachian State University health professor David Nieman, who is also director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, to answer some frequently asked questions. The publications also talked to Brian Labus, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
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Here are the answers to three big concerns:
Can you run outside during shelter-in-place?
Last week California ordered all residents to shelter in place until further notice, asking people to stay home as much as possible. But it said people could still go outside to pick up groceries or medicine, and could still exercise outdoors under certain stipulations, too.
A number of other states, including New York and New Jersey, have since given their inhabitants the same instructions, allowing them to run and work out outside as long as they stay 6 feet apart, don’t gather in groups and avoid leaving home if they feel ill.