Whether you need groceries or just want to go for a run, leaving the house can be scary in the quarantine era.

The key is doing it safely. Here's how.

Is it OK to enjoy the great outdoors?

"It's great for people to get outside of their homes to get fresh air and exercise," says Hofstra professor Corrine Kyriacou.

But practice social distancing (stay 6 feet apart from others!) and wear a non-medical face cover.

And best to stay inside if you are exhibiting any symptoms or have been exposed to someone with the virus.

Can you be with others outside?

If they're immediate family you're quarantining with and no one has any signs of symptoms, then yes. Wear masks!

But hanging with anyone else — even 6 feet apart — is discouraged. No team sports!

And the CDC suggests NOT using a face mask on children younger than 2 or anyone with trouble breathing.

Can you go to the supermarket? Pharmacy?

This is OK, but trips should be "in and out," Kyriacou says. Be strategic and only go if needed.

Wear masks and gloves. Throw gloves away when you get home. Wash hands and packages.

Items delivered to your home?

Be vigilant. Wipe down items before opening them, and leave empty boxes outside.

Anything else?

It's still recommended to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds multiple times per day.

Check out more tips for the great outdoors.