By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The State recently announced that outdoor gatherings of as many as three households are now compliant with its health orders, but health officials are stressing the need to limit social gatherings as much as possible. We thought it would be helpful to explain the reasoning and science behind what we’re hearing from the experts.
COVID-19 clearly continues to pose a considerable risk to people throughout the state. In response, the State has required residents to modify their behavior to mitigate spread of the disease. A significant example of this has been an order limiting gatherings to people in the same household, or to gather virtually via video conferencing.
We know what increases the risk of COVID-19 infection. We know that the longer people from different households gather together and the closer they are in proximity, the more the risk increases if someone in the group is infected.
We also know that the risk of transmission is significantly more substantial in indoor spaces, particularly when the location lacks appropriate ventilation. Wind and fresh air in outdoor spaces can help reduce spread of the virus.