Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you’re safe from the coronavirus. Lean in close for a conversation, shake hands, start hugging people without a mask on, and your risk level rises fast. And just one sneeze from an infected person in your face could infect you, too.

This is as true for you and me as it is for guests at a recent White House Rose Garden ceremony. The fact is, being outside isn’t risk-free but there are ways to make it safer, as University at Buffalo infectious disease doctor Thomas Russo explains.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, hugging another guest; Kellyanne Conway (left); and Notre Dame University President Rev. John Jenkins (right) later tested positive for COVID-19. The Washington Post via Getty Images

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