(CNN) – Even if we get sick from coronavirus, we are all sick of staying home, practicing social distance and wearing masks. The number of cases and deaths of Covid-19 is declining, this is not a normal day when your guard is down. The days of this novel call us to make decisions with limited and evolving information. The coronavirus is still circulating.
As a therapist who has practiced for over 30 years, I find myself facing some frustration with the decision to safely have outdoor recreation. The decision to go to the beach, pool or park was quite easy before – now, not so much.
On the one hand, there is too much information, some of which are contradictory and most of which are embedded in political ideology. On the other hand, there is a lack of information – the “novel” of the coronavirus novel means it’s new and there’s a lot we don’t know. While it’s still true as usual that there are plenty of benefits to going out these days, it’s also true to be at risk for yourself and others.
Sunbaths a woman on April 25, 2020 at Huntington Beach, California.
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How do you decide if you and your loved ones can go hiking, beeching or swimming? Let’s start with some information that we actually know. We know that the virus can carry incompletely and we also know that there are people who are at a relatively higher risk of serious complications.
We scientists and physicians still do not know whether having antibodies is indicative of immunity, so a positive antibody test does not mean that you are good without risk. We know that the number of virus particles you carry and the duration of exposure determine the risk of infection.
Also, at least one preprint study, which did not review the equivalent, found that the risk of outdoor exposure is much lower outside the home.
At Joshua Tree National Park in California on May 18, 2020, visitors still wear face masks and at least six feet apart.
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But I want to stay out
Now that almost all states have started backing up to varying degrees, it is important to remember that the virus is still there. The risks of getting infected when passing fairly quickly from a runner or cyclist are not very severely elevated, at least in the absence of sneezing or coughing, and it is also low in distance. Loneliness activities send less particles than pool sports or horseplay.
Going with people on your own or just your individual bubbles will reduce your risk. Being close to someone outside of your bubble means you should wear a mask properly to protect others.
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See the logistics of your plan. It is appropriate to break your objective activity into basic steps.
How do you get there? Remember, public transportation and air travel are still high-risk. And, if you’re driving on the highway or intersection, keep in mind your bathroom may need to stop for a break. Inspired by “safer than sadness,” if you travel long distances by car, you’ll need to bring your own food and water, as well as a wash, keeper towel, travel soap, and a hygiene kit with sanitizer.
What do I need while there? Consider your ability to take breaks in the bathroom, food and water, wash hands and maintain distance. Bathrooms and changing rooms are filled with “high touch” surfaces, and despite the lack of specific information, preliminary evidence demonstrates the persistence of the virus on the ground. Your public bathrooms should be considered high-risk areas and keep in mind that many may not even be open.
On May 1, 2020, a bathroom sink in Allen, Texas, was closed for the application of social distance.
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Once at your destination, remember the basics of coronavirus.
Least keep a distance of at least six feet.
Wash and disinfect your hands often – and of course after touching any parted surface.
Keep your hands away from your mouth.
Wear a mask.
A If you are in a park, take a walk or raise a single file and leave the house for others to walk a safe distance.
Consider going to off-peak hours and less popular places.
If you go to the beach, you still need to wear a mask. And maintain your distance.
If you go to the pool, keep in mind that there is no evidence of water spreading through the recommended treatment, but distance, masks and other normal precautions are required in common places.
Remember the real estate article “Location, Location, Location”. Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during this time in your area, and the number of cases is increasing. Also, the availability of testing and hospital beds in your area is a consideration.
You should consider the rules and regulations in your area, they understand that they may not reflect public health guidelines. If in doubt, err on the side of protection.
The ingredients are out of your control
After all, when you decide how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the people around you, you have a wild card to know what to do to protect you. Will they respect your place and wear a mask? The ultimate word for outdoor entertainment? Of course, go out and get active. It is important for your mental and physical health. However, choose wisely, be prepared and stay safe.
Claudia Finkelstein is an associate professor of family medicine at Michigan State University.