With stay-at-home orders easing, a better understanding of how COVID-19 spreads, and warmer weather approaching, it's important that we continue to follow precautions we've adopted over the last several months. While the curve is flattening and falling in many areas, with the absence of a vaccine, new cases are continuing to surface across the country.
If you find yourself in group settings, public gatherings or even running errands more, there are still precautions you can take that may help reduce your risk and protect others:
- Limit your exposure. Keep a safe distance and remain cautious when seeing family and friends outside of your home. Some experts suggest “harm reduction,” like moving social activities outdoors or engaging with only the same, small social circle. Your state and community may have additional rules that further limit socializing.
- Practice good hygiene. Continue to wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. This is important after you are out in public or visiting friends and family.
- Use a face covering or mask. Keep a cloth face covering on hand. Cover your nose and mouth in public, especially when indoors, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Follow state and local guidelines. Continue to follow the public health and safety guidelines set in your community and state. Retail and grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses may have their own specific guidelines in place that you need to follow as well.
- Change the way you greet someone. It is acceptable to turn down a handshake or a hug. Politely say, “I am happy to see you, but I am keeping my distance right now.” You can wave as an option.
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