How To Protect Yourself From COVID-19 When Going Out
As businesses reopen and activities resume in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, you might be wondering just how safe it is to venture out. Should you be erring on the side of caution and still limiting your activities to only the essentials, such as doctor’s appointments and grocery shopping? Or, can you start getting together with friends, dining in restaurants, and visiting other public places?
These are important questions to think about, and unfortunately, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 infection. In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the greater the likelihood that you will be exposed to COVID-19. The best approach is to understand the risks and learn how to protect yourself and others.
Is It Safe To Go Out?
Only you can decide what level of social interaction you feel comfortable with. If you choose to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself from COVID-19 by taking appropriate preventive measures. Remember, some people have the virus and don’t have any symptoms, and scientists have not yet determined how often people without symptoms transmit the virus to others.
With that said, public activities can be made safer if:
- The activity takes place outdoors, such as in a park or open-air facility
- Everyone practices social distancing by maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and others
- Everyone wears a mask or cloth face covering
- Everyone washes their hands thoroughly and often
- People who have COVID-19 symptoms or otherwise feel unwell stay home
Also, whenever you venture out, be sure to bring a mask, a pack of tissues, and a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
We’re Here for You
Whether you would like to learn more about COVID-19 prevention strategies, you have concerns about possible symptoms, or you have an unrelated, non-life-threatening illness or injury, the experienced team at Medella Urgent Care is here for you. Contact us today, or stop by one of our clinics in Magnolia, TX, and the Vintage Park/northwest Houston areas.