The ‘High Risks’ This Summer… Helping Spread COVID-19
Editor’s Note: Will you catch COVID-19 by getting your hair cut… going to a nightclub… or praying at church in a large audience? Maybe – according to NPR (Nat’l Public Radio). The following reviews what may be risky… and what may NOT BE! Meredith Miotke for NPR 1. A BYOB backyard gathering with one other household: low to medium risk Meeting in a spacious outdoor area with only a small group isn’t too risky. But our experts say that safety here depends on whom you invite and what their behaviors have been. “If you have a gathering with one other household that [has] followed social distancing, this would be a low-risk activity,” says Dr. Judith Guzman-Cottrill, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Oregon Health & Science University. What alters risk? To lower risk, avoid sharing food, drinks or utensils — make it a BYO-everything party. Dr. Andrew Janowski, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at Washington University in St. Louis, notes that the food itself isn’t the risk but touching shared dishes or utensils could be. Watch out for drinking, says Dr. Abraar Karan, a physician and public health researcher at Harvard Medical School, as it can make people sloppy about […]
Shaking Hands: Is It Coming ‘Back’ Now?
According to the BBC, every person shakes 15,000 handshakes in their life – as a sign of ‘friendship.’ Now, the question is, ‘will we feel safe shaking hands this summer?’ Many experts note that our hands may carry and transfer germs. But it’s not the most severe element transferring COVID-19. So some people – in southern states like Georgia – are back to ‘shaking hands’ again. “We do need to keep social distancing intact,” said Safe America CEO Len Pagano. “And while many of us will be interacting more – in person – in June, we still need to keep ourselves reserved – even NOT shaking hands,” he added. Safe America also encourages families and businesspeople and families to: stay more ‘distant’ from people when you are out in a state park or beach (than you did last summer) keep masks on your faces EVERY DAY when you are out in retail stores and wash your hands 20 seconds long – and keep washing them before and after you’ve gone into a meeting or have touched some objects that are outside your home environment More information will be shared… with the goal of minimizing new Coronavirus cases. Note that Arkansas, […]
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