COVID 19: Deciding to Go Out

COVID 19: Deciding to Go Out

Consider the risks before you step outside

In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends keeping a mask, tissues and a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content with you. As communities and businesses are reopening, look for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. 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.

The risk of an activity depends on many factors, such as whether COVID-19 is spreading where you live or whether you have a potential close contact with someone who is sick or anyone who may be asymptomatic.

Stay at home if you are at increased risk of severe illness. I you do go out, take actions to protect yourself from COVID-19. It’s very important to consider your own personal situation and the risk for you, your family and your community before venturing out. Close contact with other people increases risk. In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that lasts, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

Consider How many people you will interact with because networking with more people raises your risk. Avoid groups with people who are not social distancing or wearing masks. Be cautious with those who don’t live with you or who are not part of your everyday life.

Some people have the virus and do not have any symptoms, and it is not yet known how often people without symptoms can transmit the virus to others. This is why it’s important to keep 6 feet of space between you and others whether 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 riskier than outdoor spaces where it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation.

Remember that activities are safer if you can maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and others. COVID-19 spreads easier between people who are within 6 feet of each other. Interacting without wearing masks also increases your risk.

When you venture out, remember the two factors that increase risk: no masks worn and crowds in an indoor space. It’s healthier to choose activities in outdoor spaces where people are wearing masks and keeping 6 feet away from each other.

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. Consider the risks before you go.