According to experts, where you are most likely to catch Covid

Experts have warned that YOU are more likely to catch Covid when visiting stores as they put together a list of the most contagious activities.

A study conducted by the Government based on the daily activities of 10,000 people found that outdoor sports are the second most viral sport after shopping.

Going to the store weekly is where you're most likely to catch Covid, a study finds


Going to the store weekly is where you’re most likely to catch Covid, a study findsCredit: Shutterstock

SAGE’s virus tracking study suggests this could be due to the “social activities” associated with sport as well as the physical activity itself.

The next most contagious places are pubs and restaurants, followed by using public transport.

That’s because a string of extremely aggressive studies show Omicron IS to be milder than other strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization compared to Delta.

Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.

The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.

But it’s the weekly shopping that offers the highest chance of catching Covid, with shoppers 2.2 times more likely to get sick.

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Using transport or visiting hotel locations meant that people were 1.3 times more likely to test positive for Covid between September and November last year.

Meanwhile, outdoor sports have a risk level of 1.36%, research – still not peer-reviewed – claimed.

It also found that people who had to leave their homes for work were more likely to contract Covid than those who did not.

The researchers were unable to provide reliable data on the risks of going to the cinema, concerts, nightclubs or sporting events.

Hot spot spreading

A study by SAGE listed the activities most likely to cause people to catch Covid and these are:

  • Shopping – 2.18%
  • Playing outdoor sports – 1.36%
  • Bus use – 1.31%
  • Eat at a restaurant or cafe – 1.29%
  • Use public transport more than once a week – 1.28%
  • Go to a pub, bar or club – 1.28%
  • Going to a party – 1.27%
  • Go to the gym or play an indoor sport – 1.27%
  • Leaving home for work – 1.2%
  • Using a taxi – 1.19%
  • Using the subway or tram – 1.18%

The same goes for visiting local beauticians, hairdressers or barbers.

The data for the study were collected before Omicron became the dominant variant in the UK.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Britain would “get through this wave” with no further restrictions.

In the early signs, Hurricane Omicron may be settling down, UK Covid cases fall for second day in a row.

The number of people being taken to hospital with Covid in London – Omicron’s zero – also fell.

And the number of people infected with the virus and being ventilated in UK hospitals also fell for a second day.

Inside Downing Street, it is hoped that all Plan B curbs will be lifted by the end of the month and Britain can be back on the road to normalcy. According to experts, where you are most likely to catch Covid

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