Being outdoors is another mundane situation turned into a source of uncertainty after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. This resource will cover a few details to keep in mind to keep your family or business safe while still being able to enjoy the outdoors.
Firstly, any confusion about transmission should be addressed – while being outdoors allows for much greater social distancing and freedom from air that is continuously circulated, transmission of the virus is still very much possible, so precautions should certainly still be taken. We know airborne transmission is possible in any environment thanks to droplets that carry the virus exiting the bodies of infected people any time they sneeze, cough, or even speak. This mode of transmission is more likely to occur in places with poor ventilation or crowded areas, but it is not impossible to occur outdoors. To combat this, it’s best to keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others, wearing a proper mask near others, and frequently washing your hands and checking yourself for any symptoms before going out. Here are some additional guidelines to keep your family or employees safe when going outdoors:
- If you must go out, try to avoid crowded areas. A good way to do so is checking a location’s peak hours and planning accordingly. A quick search online can usually help determine what a location’s peak hours are.
- Think about what you may need to pack before going out — hand sanitizer and wipes strong enough to kill the virus, extra masks, a sealable bag for your masks, and maybe even a packed lunch or snack so you won’t have to go out for food.
- If you will be socializing in person, be sure it’s with a very small group that you know has been taking preventative measures to prevent the spread of disease. It’s also recommended to keep any social gatherings as short as possible.
- Upon returning home, remember to properly disinfect your hands and shoes. Precautions may be needed with your clothes as well if you were around symptomatic people.
- Finally, every time you, a family member, or employee needs to go out, be mindful about current symptoms and temperature to mitigate the spread of disease.