Stepping out during the pandemic? Bookmark this 'safety guide'

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Several studies from Europe and Asia have suggested that young children are less likely to get infected and to spread the virus. (Getty Images)
Several studies from Europe and Asia have suggested that young children are less likely to get infected and to spread the virus. (Getty Images)

Spending time outside is a favourite activity of both kids and adults. However, with the COVID-19 epidemic still raging, parents and guardians must balance outdoor fun with family health. Consider this as a "safety guide" for outdoor recreation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hindered many people's activities. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, celebrations, performances, and other events have been postponed for an unknown length of time. Many vacations and significant events have also been cancelled. But it's also not the end of the world; several pleasant outdoor activities are still accessible, which you may enjoy to the utmost with your loved ones!

COVID-19 is infectious, but exactly how contagious is it?

Unfortunately, COVID-19 can and does spread when a healthy person comes in close contact with an infected person. Infectious people cough and sneeze, allowing respiratory secretions to enter their healthy neighbours’ lips, noses, and eyes. This is especially true in poorly ventilated and congested interior environments. Also, when contaminated items come into touch with one another, the illness may spread.

When it happens outdoors, the risk of transmitting COVID-19 increases as there’s no confinement or congestion. Still, it is essential to take measures such as staying at least a metre away, wearing a mask around individuals who have had COVID-19 symptoms, and regularly washing or sanitizing hands.

What can you do to keep your family safe while enjoying the outdoors?

Make an effort and exercise to maintain your body health. And by following a few simple guidelines, you may help protect your family from being infected with COVID-19.

· Excursions should be planned ahead of time to avoid congested roads and busy periods.

· Remember to bring plenty of tissues, ethanol-based hand sanitisers (at least 70% alcohol), and reusable cloth masks with you when you go outside, such as when dining or drinking.

· Please double-check that everyone is healthy and symptom-free before leaving home.

· Remember to keep a 1m distance from strangers, use a cloth mask while approaching them, and wash/sanitize your hands often.

· If you want to dine outdoors, you'll need to bring your food and utensils. If possible, avoid eating inside dining establishments, and always wash your hands before eating.

· When you go home, use hand-washing soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

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Photo by Thirdman from Pexels

Concerns about family safety while out with friends. Who is at higher risk?

Family members are required to make choices that are tailored to their circumstances. As an example, consider the following:

· Using this free web tool, you can keep track of COVID-19 broadcasts in your area. The public's exposure to high transmission rates is a cause for worry.

· Family members who are old or have pre-existing medical problems must be protected against COVID-19. As a result, you may want to restrict your children's interaction with others (including play dates) or isolate them from relatives and friends.

· In-person communication should be brief and take place outside. If they are encouraged to do so, only one family or acquaintance should join the group.

· Regardless of your choice, maintain communication with your kid. Encourage them to express their dissatisfaction and admit any violations they may have done. Older children and teenagers, in particular, are more prone than younger children to take risks or succumb to peer pressure.

· Make use of relevant and valid scientific information to guide and direct your children's choices and actions.

Is it safe to use public restrooms?

You should avoid using public toilets at all costs while stepping out of your city amidst a pandemic.

· Wear a face mask and wash your hands afterwards.

· Make use of hand sanitisers containing at least 70% alcohol regularly to keep your hands clean.

Is it feasible for the kid to swim both indoors and outside?

Swimming pools, for example, are not ideal for the transmission of COVID-19. Your family may only go swimming if they follow the standard municipal rules. Consider the following while choosing whether or not to go to a swimming pool and shorelines:

· Overcrowding and user awareness both play a part in deciding recreational area safety.

· When possible, avoid visiting these pool areas during peak hours.

· Do not eat in the swimming pool area, and keep a close watch on your children at all times.

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Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Outdoor activities that are low-risk

· Brisk walking and jogging

· Cycling and roller skating

· Hunting and fishing

· Snow-climbing and golfing

· Paddling, yachting, or snorkelling

· Mountain biking, including cross-country and downhill

· Sledging

· Kitesurfing

· Outdoor or online exercise classes

Low-risk social gatherings

· Potlucks

· Supermarkets

· Drive-in movies/eateries

Minimal-risk recreational activities

· Eating outside

· Camping

· Beach resorts and swimming pools

· Small-scale social gatherings

· Kayaking with friends

· Potlucks, campfires, and BBQs are all popular outdoor activities

· Sports and events

Avoidable: outdoor activities with high-risks

· Congested areas, like marketplaces, movie halls

· Playgrounds for children's camp activities

Protect yourself and others against the COVID-19 outbreak. Knowing what to anticipate and what to do during the pandemic may allow you to make more informed choices.

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