UW Health Offers Summer Safety Tips During the Pandemic
MADISON, Wis. – Summer is officially here, and it will look very different in a COVID-19 pandemic world. UW Health is offering some safety tips for you and your loved ones this summer.
Staying Safe at Swimming Pools
Swimming pools are often a favorite part of the summer season. UW Health wants to remind the public:
- Although COVID-19 won’t be transmitted through the pool water, swimmers with their heads above water, near each other, and without a mask will be able to transmit the virus easily to one another.
- Physically distance when at the pool especially if in the water and not wearing a mask. This can be difficult or impossible if the pool is not limiting the number of people using the pool. Pools with capacity limits that ensure physical distancing are a safer choice for your family.
- Outdoor pools are safer because of airflow and ventilation than indoor pools
Traveling During COVID-19
Summer travel is a fun tradition for many. Below are some helpful tips from UW Health on assessing your risk:
- Are you traveling to a place with a high number of cases and substantial community spread? A dense population that makes it difficult to physically distance. A destination with a high number of cases and continued community spread or crowds should be avoided to reduce your family's risk. Outdoor spaces are better than indoor spaces when planning any activity.
- Will you be able to physically distance? More people gathering close together in one place increases your risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Face coverings. Wear a face covering in public to help avoid the virus spreading. Unless a health condition prevents someone from wearing a mask, anyone over the age of 2 should have a face covering or mask on when in a public place where you are likely to be within six feet of other people. If others cannot or will not wear a face covering or mask consider an alternate plan or activity to reduce you and your family’s risk of contracting COVID-19.
Date Published: 06/22/2020