It’s Okay to go Outside – Safely – During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Even though we’re advised to stay home to avoid COVID-19, that doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors. In fact, experts say that, in addition to other health benefits, getting outside can boost your immune system – and that could be especially handy these days.

The trick is to get outside safely. Follow a few simple guidelines, and your family can enjoy the outdoors without risking infection.

Obey the rules. Adhere to federal, state, and local government guidelines restricting gatherings and use of public facilities. They’ll help to keep you healthy.

Stay close to home. This helps to hinder the spread of the virus and ensures that, if you do get sick, you’re close to your healthcare provider.

Go separately … If you’re meeting friends for an outdoor activity, don’t drive together.

… and stay separate … The six-foot rule applies even when you’re outside.

Don’t take risks. This isn’t the time to participate in high-risk activities. If you get hurt, you’ll add to the burden of overwhelmed healthcare facilities.

Disinfect. Wash those hands, and wipe down anything you have to touch, before and after outdoor activities.

“You can practice social distancing outdoors. Just keep to yourself. Remember the six-foot rule,” said Dr. Robert Murphy, director of the Institute for Global Health at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Kids can go outdoors, too … But they shouldn’t be playing with other kids except the ones they live with.”

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