More and more people are becoming eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination and it is easier to get an appointment to become vaccinated, so we are all clear…right? Well, the answer is actually not quite yet. While states and other municipalities are easing restrictions on gatherings and restaurants, going full bore could easily cause another spike in Covid-19 cases. We have seen it in the recent past in our country and others that if we let up too soon the virus loves to poke its head in and get people sick. We here at HPFY can give you some tips and precautions to take to safely get out and about and get back to a normal life
Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer to listen to the people that work and are experts in certain fields and those in the field of epidemiology definitely get my attention. Epidemiology is the branch of science that studies the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases (or viruses). That sounds like somebody to listen to, huh? Especially when it comes to the Covid-19 virus. Every now and then the CDC provides guidance and recommendations on how we should be behaving until this virus is completely squashed. With Mother’s Day approaching followed by Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and July 4 (Independence Day) we should still be taking some precautions to reduce risk. Some current CDC guidelines include:
As more people become fully vaccinated the temptation to gather indoors with larger crowds will increase. Even though you may be vaccinated with either one or both shots, being in close proximity to others who may not have had all their vaccinations or have opted against them can increase the risk of infection. Even though the current vaccines are incredibly effective against Covid-19, there is a very small chance that you can contract the virus. Some indoor activities you may want to avoid includes:
Basically, a good rule of thumb is if you are amongst your household family and everyone has been vaccinated the need for masking and distancing is not necessary. If you are among others in an indoor setting who have not been vaccinated, then social distancing and masking is recommended. Below is a CDC-issued chart to provide you with a risk analysis of indoor/outdoor activities.
If you decide to participate in a higher-risk activity, make sure you protect yourself and your family by wearing masks, washing your hands frequently, and distancing yourself. You may want to have some necessary supplies with you that can include:
The CDC and common sense say that outdoor meetings and gatherings are far safer than those in an indoor setting. There are a few holidays approaching that would normally be large gatherings and potential super spreader events. Hopefully, your gatherings will have mostly vaccinated participants and this won’t be an issue!! Any time you are in a gathering (indoor/outdoor or small/large) with that outside of your household please take precautions such as masking and social distancing. Some safe outdoor activities identified by the CDC are:
There are other outdoor activities that the CDC has identified as potentially being in the higher risk category when it comes to transmitting or contracting Covid-19. These include:
Until a large enough percentage of our population has been vaccinated or is immune to the Covid-19 virus, each of us needs to assess the risk of any event or gathering honestly. Even though the CDC has said that outdoor events are safer, it is still a great idea to take steps to stay safe. To make your outdoor gathering safe try having these on hand:
After a year of staying home and avoiding family and loved ones, we are now starting to get back to normal. Unfortunately, this means coming into contact with more and more people and increasing the risk of Covid-19 infection. Over time more and more people are becoming vaccinated and even teenagers will soon be able to be vaccinated against this virus. In the meantime, we need to be diligent and even sometimes think outside of the box to keep ourselves and our families safe. Stay safe and healthy and above all get vaccinated for a quicker return to normal!!
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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