In May, each state began the process of phasing us back into society amid a still very active COVID-19 pandemic. Many tossed aside their masks and went back to their usual way of doing things. Others are staying home and waiting out a vaccine or for an “all clear.” Some are cautiously heading out and taking precautions like wearing masks and washing and sanitizing often. You may be wondering if there is a safe way to transition out into society. Although there is no clear answer to this, we have some smart, reliable suggestions you can use should you decide to leave your safety net.
Know the Risks
Regardless of whether you are completely healthy or have existing health issues, everyone can contract and get very sick from COVID-19. It has also been shown that people may get the virus, and never show any symptoms, or even know they are sick. Every person is responsible for knowing what their risks are and where your state is in the reopening phases. The risks today are the same as they have always been. Here are some familiar and new suggestions when venturing out:
- Utilize masks when going into any public establishment.
- Carry sanitizer and practice proper handwashing after handling items and before you consume anything.
- Opt for a dining experience that has an outdoor area to eat. These areas allow the air to circulate freely, not like indoors. Pickup and delivery are still the safest options. Seating should always be 6 feet apart. Wear your mask as much as possible.
- For gatherings, try to utilize the outside as much as possible, but if not, make sure you are 6 feet apart from others. Wear your mask as much as possible.
- Avoid overcrowded areas and businesses that are more “lax” about the spread of COVID-19. Are employees wearing masks and gloves? Are the tables 6 feet apart?
Potential Future Concerns
There is no crystal ball telling what things will look like in the next few months and years. Subsequent waves of infection may lead to an ebb and flow of distancing measures. Over the next few months, each state will need to work hard to heal the social and economic aftermath. There is still a lot to learn regarding the long-term effects of the disease on the human body, such as the severe inflammatory disease appearing in young children linked to COVID-19.
Where are we with a vaccine? Although it’s piece in the puzzle is undeniable, there is more to it than just developing a vaccine. The efficacy must be determined, and once approved, the resources must be available to mass-produce and distribute. At best estimates, we are still 12-18 months away from it being available to the public.
You can help in the advancement of vaccines and treatment for COVID-19 by participating in a clinical research study. To browse COVID-19 studies enrolling in your area, visit mylocalstudy.com and enter in your zip code.