With summer in full swing, health officials are asking people to rethink their summer habits to better protect themselves against the virus, reports Abby News.
Tips to stay well in summer
Dr. Beth Donaldson, medical director and family physician with Copeman Healthcare, outlined a few summer-specific COVID-19 tips for British Columbians.
- Social Interaction
One of the most contentious issues that’s arisen during the pandemic is restrictions around social interactions.
Donaldson said that whenever meeting people or a group of friends, keep it simple and stay outside.
“Rooms with no circulation have the potential for a higher rate of infection, so when going to a restaurant, being on the patio is the safer option,” Donaldson said.
“If you’re going to a friend’s house for dinner, ensure you’re spacing out the chairs and are only gathering with six to eight people. If you’re inside at a gathering, leave the windows open in the summer.”
2. Protect Hand Sanitizers from Heat
Hand sanitizer was one of the hottest commodities in the country at the beginning of the pandemic, but high temperatures can lower its effectiveness.
“Do not leave your hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes in your car when the sun is out, as the heat can evaporate the alcohol, leaving them much less effective,” said Donaldson. “Hand sanitizer also doesn’t spread as well in the heat, potentially leaving surfaces on your hands untouched by the sanitizer.”
Instead, Donaldson recommends keeping a smaller bottle on your purse, and to restock a baggy with fresh hand wipes throughout the day so they stay effective in the summer heat.
3. Beware of Sunscreens Spread of Virus
With summer heat comes its less fun side-effect – sunburns.
As people apply their sunscreen, this simple activity may be an inconspicuous way of spreading the virus.
“Before lotioning up your face with sunscreen, always wash your hands to avoid the potential spread of the virus around your eyes,” said Donaldson.
And like hand sanitizer, don’t let your sunscreen roast in the back seat of your car during a hot day, as it can cause it to change consistency and reduce its effectiveness.
4. Keep Your Food To Yourself in Barbecues
Lastly, there aren’t many things more synonymous with summer than a good old fashioned barbecue. So whenever you may be enjoying one, remember to keep your food to yourself.
“Think about individual portions of food and avoid sharing plates,” suggested Donaldson.
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Source: Abby News