To play golf safely during the Covid-19 pandemic

If they are careful to protect themselves and follow the instructions, the golfer can still carry the club.

“Golf is an outdoor game, in an open space, so there is less risk of infection,” explains Dr. Kelly Cawcutt at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (USA). “But that does not mean that players who play this subject are not at risk of getting the virus. Therefore, during an outbreak and widespread, people can still come to the yard but should be alert and follow health safety instructions.

This expert is also a golfer, comes from a family of father, husband and children playing golf.

Dr. Catherine Troisi concurred with the idea. She is an epidemiologist for infectious diseases at the Texas State University Health Sciences Center. “When playing golf, the distance of your contact with people is far more than other subjects. Moreover, this virus needs certain favorable environmental conditions to live. Meanwhile, strong light from the sun, high temperatures on the field and other difficult outdoor conditions can cause the virus to die faster. Therefore, I think you do not have much risk on the golf course, ”Troisi analyzed.

But the core is still in the golfer. Ms. Cawcutt said: “Social isolation by restricting exposure during the epidemic season does not mean you are in hiding. Stress relieving is beneficial for the body’s immune system and we all know that physical activity enhances resistance. So being active is good for being happy and healthy but being careful, ”Troisi added.

A golfer on Augusta National pitch. Photo: ANGC.

According to Dr. Cawcutt, there are eight things to keep in mind on the pitch for golfers:

For the golfer itself: Add the antiseptic solution to the bag and use it regularly, at least 20 seconds at a time – it takes just the same amount of time to make a stroke. If your hands are dirty, do not touch your face or mouth as they may contain nCoV. At the tee, fairway or on the green, follow the “social distancing” slogan, which is the technical terminology in epidemiology with a minimum distance of 1.8 meters. With this distance, the golfer is out of range for viral infections in airborne diseases.

With sticks: Wipe the stick and bag club in contact with the tram used to move on the field, cleaning the handle. Do not use hire sticks.

With the ball: After each ball is picked up, the golfer should clean his hands – the action can be considered “silly” at peace, but important in the season. This does not take much time because it can be done while sitting in the tram. And when accidentally hitting the ball into the forest, golfers should go find and pick up their own ball and then hand hygiene or accept “a bit expensive”. There will be people who want to pick up the derelict, but then, don’t touch your mouth with your hand.

With gloves: It is also advisable to use disinfectant solution for gloves although golfers will feel uncomfortable because of the grip grip.

With tram: In many courts in the US or Europe, golfers have the right to pull bags of sticks and caddy is an optional service. But if using an electric car (buggy / cart), the “golden rule” is that you should clean the car as a driver. The yard is cleaning the car after each round, but “careful rules are not optimal”. Clean the steering wheel and seats to minimize the risk of infection from people who may have previously used car viruses (in Vietnam, most golf courses require players to use electric cars).

With mobile phones: Being “hard to separate” in the thirst for information in today’s society, so phones must also “play out” in case golfer need to check-in or share photos, status up social media, or run the business while you wait for your turn. If so, put it carefully in a private place for the purpose of cleanliness is a priority, and the fear of losing is secondary during the epidemic. The plastic pedestal in front of the seat is the most convenient place to put things, but it is the place to avoid placing phones. And do not pass the phone to others, and vice versa.

Clubhouse: When you really need to, come in and out immediately and keep a safe distance. That contributes to slowing down the rate of infection. Avoid entering the meeting hall when crowded. When entering, choose an outdoor seat with a radius of 1.8 meters compared to nearby tables. Wash hands or sanitize with disinfectant solution after touching many exposed areas such as doorknobs, table edges, chair backs.

Conducting with golfers: When starting at the putting green or putt practice area, keep your distance from those around you. Few will complain you are impolite this season. With the handshake at the entry hole and the traditional pin hole, the golfer should show another way such as pushing, kicking each other, or touching a stick, if you want more golf.

According to Vnexpress
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