As you head deeper into the summer season, you’re likely looking forward to spending more time with friends and family. It’s been a long, sad, and frustrating year due to the COVID-19 outbreak and having to practice social distancing — isolating at home and avoiding crowded spaces. Now that the weather is warmer, you’re breathing a sigh of relief. You’ve had at least one of your COVID shots, and you’re ready to mingle with the people you love.
However, while the world is finally getting back to a sense of normalcy, it’s critical to remain cautious and practice health and safety wherever you go. The pandemic isn’t over. The last thing anyone would want is to experience a fourth wave of this virus. Of course, each country and district has individual regulations to follow, but you can implement practices into your daily routine to help prevent another wave from happening. In addition to wearing a mask in public, check out these other pertinent tips.
Continue to Limit Interactions
If you’re fully vaccinated, you’re probably feeling on top of the world — as you should be! It’s been a long journey, and there’s finally a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Experts agree that being fully vaccinated offers significant hope, but there are COVID-19 variants that could potentially cause concern. For example, the Delta variant (also known as the B.1.617) is spreading globally, and it’s significantly more contagious than other currently-known variants.
Aim to limit your social interactions outdoors this summer and continue to avoid large groups. Continue to wear a mask if you’re inside, visiting senior loved ones or those with illness. If you’re eating on a restaurant patio, make sure there is a six-foot space between tables. It’s also a good idea to limit your bubble to close friends and family. As excited as you must be to finally end this dark chapter, move through it carefully and safely so you can avoid exposure to any harmful COVID variants.
If there’s one thing that can contribute to preventing a fourth wave, it’s regular COVID testing from a professional healthcare service. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, it’s essential to get a COVID test for activities such as travelling, going back to work or school, attending summer camp, and more. It’s the only scientific way to know if you’ve virus-free or not, and it’s a simple procedure.
Find a trusted healthcare provider that offers mobile PCR COVID testing services so you can conveniently receive a test right in the comfort of home or at your workplace. The test itself is quick and painless, and you’ll receive your results within a couple of days. You won’t have to carry any uncertainty or anxiety over whether or not you have the virus. If your results turn out positive, you’ll know to stay at home and contact your doctor.
Protect Yourself with a Vaccine
If you haven’t already booked your first vaccination appointment, do. Getting a vaccine is something that will benefit yourself, your community, and the entire planet.
By limiting your social interactions, testing for the virus, and getting a vaccine, you’re doing your part to curb the pandemic and prevent a fourth wave. And you’ll still enjoy your summer — safely and healthily!