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Is It Safe To Get A Massage During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Cropped shot of a mature couple enjoying a hot stone treatment at a day spa

With so much stress in everyone’s lives these days, we all could use a nice spa day and a 90 minute-long massage. Living through a pandemic is incredibly unnerving, so it’s only natural to crave a soothing massage to help ease the tension. And now that many parts of the country have more COVID-19 cases on the rise is it worth it? Experts say that it depends.

If you are high-risk or are frequently in contact with someone who is high-risk, it’s best to minimize close contact with other people as best as you can. Outside of that, if you do choose to go, you need to take proper precautions and understand the stakes at play. There is a bit of risk involved no matter what, namely the result of coming within 6 feet of another person.

“Whenever you have two people coming together, there’s always a risk that somebody will be infected, even if you both don’t have any symptoms,” said Carl Fichtenbaum, an epidemiologist with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s division of infectious diseases.

Here are 4 key things to keep in mind if you plan on getting a massage

A face mask should be worn at all times

Don’t get a massage if you’re sick

Consider skipping the essential oils

Pick a location that minimizes your exposure to others as much as possible


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