Venturing Out? Be Prepared and Stay Safe
As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a reminder, if you have COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. When you can leave home and be around others depends on different factors for different situations.
In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
So, think about:
- How many people will you interact with?
- Interacting with more people raises your risk.
- Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing recommended masks increases your risk.
- Engaging with new people (e.g., those who don’t live with you) also raises your risk.
- Some people have the virus and don’t have any symptoms, and it is not yet known how often people without symptoms can transmit the virus to others.
- Can you keep 6 feet of space between you and others? Will you be outdoors or indoors?
- The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick.
- Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
- Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces where it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation.
- What’s the length of time that you will be interacting with people?
- Spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected.
- Spending more time with people increases their risk of becoming infected if there is any chance that you may already be infected
What to Consider Before You Go:
Asking these questions can help determine your level of risk:
- Is COVID-19 spreading in my community?
- Will my activity put me in close contact with others?
- Will you have a potential close contact with someone who is sick or anyone who is not wearing a recommended face covering (and may be asymptomatic)?
- Am I at risk for severe illness?
- Do I live with someone who is at risk for severe illness?
- Do you take everyday actions to protect yourself from COVID-19?
- Do I know what to do if I get sick?