This spring is the season of hope when many Americans get their vaccinations and the country ramps up its effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only that but spring is known as the season to thaw from the cold of winter and head outdoors to experience renewal. That means warmer weather, spring cleaning, outdoor activities, and in this pandemic period, low COVID-19 risk activities. How safe is it to step outside of your home this spring and enjoy the activities that you love? You may not be able to participate in all that you did once, but there are healthy springtime options that you can enjoy while minimizing the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Enjoying the Outdoors Without the Risk of COVID-19
As COVID-19 cases slow down, and the spring season comes into full swing, many patients want to enjoy the outdoors but without the risk of coronavirus. Travel, large groups, overcrowding, and communal spaces are just some of the things that come to mind when thinking about outdoor activities during COVID-19. Ensuring zero risks of infection with COVID-19 is impossible, but understanding the potential risks of going out can help you to create a plan of action with regards to taking precautions that can minimize those risks. You can make your outdoor activities safer by:
- Knowing community infection status
- Maintaining social distance
- Wearing a mask
- Limiting the time spent outdoors
- Disinfecting equipment, tools, and surfaces
- Having hand sanitizer handy
- Keeping your group small.
Healthy Low COVID-19 Risk Springtime Activities
Patients can go camping, hiking, to the beach, and even more, but there are a few ways to limit COVID spread as you enjoy the warmer weather.
- Beaches and Pools and Beaches: Beaches and pools have the potential to carry a low risk of spreading COVID-19, but it partly depends on the activities of other persons in and outside the pool as well as adherence to precautionary measures. While at the pool or beach, social distancing(minimum of 6 feet) and wearing face masks should be standard measures that are followed. Consider going to either space in the morning and during the week when it’s likely to be less crowded.
- Camping and Hiking: Both camping and hiking can be low-risk outdoor activities, but the onus is on you to social distance from others around you and wears your face mask. Your choice of hiking trail or camping location may have some degree of isolation, which would make it ideal for helping to keep your risk of exposure to COVID-19 low.
- Outdoor Sports: Some outdoor sports can make you feel a little more comfortable heading outdoors because they are much safer to participate in than others. Outdoor sports activities that have a low risk of COVID-19 exposure include tennis, golf, fishing, hunting, running, sailing, kayaking, boating, and biking. It’s still important to be cautious and make it a habit to take precautions where necessary with any of the mentioned events.
You should know the risk that outdoor activities pose before heading out this spring. You can stay healthy and safe if you make an informed decision. If you have any other questions about COVID-19, or need testing, contact a local urgent care center!