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Warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine seem to be beckoning many of us to go outdoors, especially after a long stretch of self-isolating while we attempted to halt the spread of COVID-19. The gradual re-opening of local businesses, restaurant patios and parks seem very tempting. In fact, it is easy to imagine that the summer weather means that we have a lower risk of contracting a respiratory illness. But the truth remains that some of our most vulnerable citizens are still just that… vulnerable.  

It is agreed that going outside is great for your physical and mental health. However, one must remember to take precautions to avoid illness while gaining the benefits from being outside in the fresh air.

Social-distancing, wearing face masks, and washing your hands properly are still the best lines of self-defense to avoid getting sick. Avoid large crowds, follow guidelines set for face-coverings and utilize soap and water (or hand-sanitizer) to clean your hands often. As always, try your best to keep your hands away from your face! 

And while we are on the subject… don’t forget to wear your sunscreen. Sunscreen won’t protect you from the coronavirus, but it will prevent you from getting a really odd-looking sunburn everywhere your mask doesn’t cover.

Go fishing. Take a walk. Enjoy a bike-ride, or splash in the pool. Just remember to follow the recommendations of your local health department, and don’t get lulled into a false feeling of security by the warm, relaxing summer weather. Common sense will allow you to enjoy your summer, while staying safe.