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You can still enjoy fall’s signature activities safely during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, if you’re smart and plan ahead.
According to Dr. Neha Vyas, “There are still plenty of things you can safely do, you just need to take precautions to protect yourself and those around you, which from time to time, might mean passing on an event or activity if those precautions can’t be followed.”
Even if you have been vaccinated, you should keep doing all the things you’ve been doing like maintaining at least six feet from other people, wearing a face mask, using hand sanitizer, and practicing hand washing.
And if you haven’t been vaccinated, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Also, for those who are 65 or older and those individuals that are immunocompromised, it’s important to get the booster shot as soon as you can.
“The more people that get vaccinated, the sooner we can reach herd immunity,” says Dr. Vyas. “We can protect those most vulnerable and eventually if we have enough of a critical mass, we’ll be able to return to our pre-pandemic lives.”
The following advice and modifications should allow you and your family to have a fun fall; but more importantly, a safe fall:
There are still lots of opportunities for fun! It’s definitely a lesson we have had to learn over the past year and a half—we can still enjoy some activities; but at the same time, safety is the most important thing we need to continue to worry about.
In addition to fall festivals and sporting events, there’s still time to enjoy the great outdoors and local parks this fall, so take a hike and pack a picnic. Enjoy a family car ride to see the fall foliage when the weather turns cool. Rake leaves, carve a pumpkin, and/or warm up next to a campfire on a crisp night.
Coronavirus doesn’t have to take all the fun out of everything. We can still practice and respect the safety guidelines needed to stop the spread of COVID, while still experiencing things that bring us joy as the weather gets cooler, the days get shorter, and the leaves provide a wonderful burst of color.
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