The Friday Five – A COVID-19 Summer
The summer of 2020 will not look like your typical summer season. As the weather warms, and temptations to participate in your usually favorite summer pastimes arise, you may need to reconsider in order to stay safe during COVID-19. This week’s Friday Five highlights advice from the CDC (@CDCgov) on how to keep safe this summer.
As of June 2: More than 1.8 million #COVID19 cases have been reported in the U.S., with 34 states and jurisdictions reporting more than 10,000 cases. Continue to help slow the spread by staying home when sick and washing your hands often. https://t.co/wiuFBKR3Uh pic.twitter.com/7Gej6KNPiu
— CDC (@CDCgov) June 3, 2020
For up-to-date information about safety measures and swimming during COVID-19, continue to visit the CDC website. Their current statement is: “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through the water used in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Proper operation and disinfection of pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds should kill the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Summer is coming. Read this guidance on COVID-19 and pools, beaches, hot tubs and water parks. https://t.co/j4NVafLFtH
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) May 23, 2020
Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps
The CDC updated their considerations for youth and summer camps on May 19, 2020. They outline guiding principles to keep in mind, promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining healthy environments and operations, preparing for if someone gets sick, and special considerations for overnight camps. They also state: “Camp administrators can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations, making adjustments to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.”
Youth Sports Organizations: Consider implementing CDC’s new tips for maintaining healthy operations during the #COVID19 outbreak, such as staggered schedules & options for individuals at higher risk for severe illness. More tips: https://t.co/tnPX5fnVG6. pic.twitter.com/L31ep4cmUw
— CDC (@CDCgov) June 3, 2020
Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities
The CDC does recommend staying active and healthy even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visiting parks and recreational facilities is a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others. Check out their things to know before you go, including a do and don’t list. Their number one don’t is do not visit a parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19.
Need fresh air? If you visit a park, stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people, wear a cloth face covering, and do not gather in groups. Prevent the spread of #COVID19. https://t.co/EfoO5ZSlbA pic.twitter.com/HyzKfqkv2d
— CDC (@CDCgov) May 25, 2020
Running Essential Errands
Check out all you need to know about running essential errands like grocery shopping, take out and delivery options, banking, getting gas, going to the doctor, and picking up prescriptions. The CDC’s main points are to stay home if sick, use online services when available., wear a cloth face covering when running errands, use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others), use hand sanitizer after leaving stores, and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.
Protect yourself from #COVID19 when going shopping. Order online or use curbside pickup if possible, wear a face covering, practice #socialdistancing, and wash your hands with soap and water after leaving the store. Get more tips: https://t.co/qOJIH3XUI5. pic.twitter.com/xM04WIaSgu
— CDC (@CDCgov) June 1, 2020
Considerations for Travelers within the United States
The CDC’s official position is “COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.” But they have listed considerations for travel within the United States. Details include include if you travel, considerations for type of travel, anticipating travel needs, state and local travel restrictions, and frequently asked questions. “CDC advises against nonessential international travel. If you travel, know that your plans may be disrupted & your return to the US could be delayed.”
CDC continues to advise travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel. Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading #COVID19. Learn more: https://t.co/hrPVGhnQ6V pic.twitter.com/mQRIvBolr4
— CDC Travel Health (@CDCtravel) June 2, 2020