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COVID-19: How To Stay Safe During Outdoor Activities

COVID-19: How To Stay Safe During Outdoor Activities
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    Salman Gillani

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    Jun 24, 2020

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  • COVID-19: How To Stay Safe During Outdoor Activities

    Taking precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 for everyday tasks is a challenge such as purchasing groceries and medicine, getting gas, or doing our banking. But you can help stay safe with these steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

     

    • Stay home if you are not well or have COVID-19 indications, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
    • Wear a face mask if you must be in public and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Use hand sanitizer after sitting in car, leaving a store, getting gas, or accepting deliveries.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

     

    Maintain social distancing when go outside like most stores, restaurants, and other businesses are closed. But we know that being outside is good for us. Nature and fresh air can help us relax and feel less stressed, which most of us could use!

     

     “It’s nice to see people doing normal things like walking a dog, jogging, or just taking a baby for a stroll.”

     

    But as nice as it is to physically see people, it’s important to remember that the same rules of social distancing that you follow indoors still apply while outdoors. It’s also encouraged to stay local if you can.

    Be cautious about what you touch as you go outside or return home. For those who live in single-family homes, this isn’t a big deal, but if you live in a joint family you need to be careful about many things.

    Bring hand sanitizer so that you can wash hands even when you are out.

    Choose the best outdoor space. Your backyard is best, but that isn’t an option for everyone. Ideally, you should go somewhere where you won’t encounter lots of other people.

    Don’t touch the stuff. So, no playing on playground equipment, sitting in parks, sharing balls, or touching signposts or mailboxes or anything else. You just don’t know who has touched it or when. Having the hand sanitizer supports when children and others forget to wash hands.

    Don’t forget to wear a mask and Gloves even in the summer heat, it’s important to wear a mask or cloth face-covering anytime you’re interacting with people outside of your home, even if you’re outdoors the whole point of wearing a mask and gloves is to capture respiratory droplets that might be carrying the virus from spreading to others.

     

    “The mask and gloves aren't about protecting yourself as much it is about protecting everyone else,” he says.

     

    It sounds like a lot, but it’s not — and it’s completely worth doing so that you can all get out of the house, get some exercise, have some fun, and feel a bit more normal.

    Don’t share food or drinks, Outdoor BBQs are still risky, especially if you’re sharing food with people who live outside of your home, The safest option would be to have a cookout with people you’re quarantining with, or bring your food and stay a minimum of six feet away from people outside. 

     

    Things to Consider  

    COVID-19 is known to cause infection to everyone from young children to senior adults. It’s important to know that no one is immune to this new virus and everyone should follow proper precautions, especially if you’re tasked with interacting with the public during this time.

    If you are older or have serious medical conditions, you must take every precaution seriously to protect yourself. Those conditions can include:

    • Heart disease
    • Lung disease
    • Cancer
    • A compromised immune system

    If you are an essential worker potentially interacting with COVID-19 positive people, it’s important to follow your employer’s specific guidelines for personal protective equipment in your work environment.

     

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