Camping This Summer?

How to protect yourself from COVID-19 during summer activities

(RxWiki News) As we navigate this "new normal," we have to make many adjustments. Those adjustments even extend to our summer plans.

With many businesses fully or partially shut down, many people have turned to outdoor entertainment for the summer. Parks, trails and campgrounds can provide a safe way to relax as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. And getting outdoors can be beneficial for your body and mind.

If you are planning to visit parks this summer, here's everything you need to know to keep yourself and your family safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you do the following:

1. Plan ahead. Make sure you know when the park is open and other important details, such as which amenities are available. This way, you can plan better before you head over.

2. Look for parks and trails near your home. Longer travel requires you to stop for gas, food and restroom breaks. Having to stop means you may touch surfaces that could be contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19. You may have to pack non-perishable food and water for your trip so that you don't have to stop along the way.

3. Try to stay at least six feet away from others — even if you're swimming.

4. Continue practicing safe hygiene:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after you touch surfaces that are frequently touched by others. If soap and water are not available, you can use hand sanitizer. For it to be effective, it must contain at least 60 percent alcohol. And make sure you cover your entire hands and rub until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wear a face covering.

5. Avoid areas that are overcrowded or where you can't stay six feet from others.

6. Don't participate in group sports.

7. Don't use playgrounds. It may be hard to keep these areas cleaned and disinfected.

The CDC recommended that you do not visit parks or trails if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19.