The time has come to break quarantine for many of us.
Most states are starting to ease coronavirus restrictions, at least for now. So it’s time to ease back into living your old life again… with a bit of a twist, of course.
You can start to do MORE of the things you love. And that includes getting back outside.
Don’t worry, being a little nervous about leaving quarantine is only natural. In fact, I’d be worried about YOU if you WEREN’T. Fearlessness can lead to recklessness.
But a new report could help to dial down some of your fears. As it reveals how you can stay far safer as you step back out even as the pandemic continues.
You simply have to…
- know the rules and risks
- take some common-sense steps to protect yourself
- stay flexible
Today I’m going to give you the tools you need to do just that so you can get back into action.
How to leave quarantine and still stay safe
When the quarantine began, I think most of us pictured it ending suddenly, happily, and all at once.
We’d all be shut-in for a few weeks… the infection would clear up… and we’d return to life as we know it. Maybe not quite 100 percent life as usual, but something close to it.
But that hasn’t happened.
There are still tens of thousands of new infections, and hundreds of deaths reported each day. Some places are getting better. But others are getting worse.
And perhaps most frustratingly of all, many are in limbo. Some places have a plateau of cases and deaths that never seems to get significantly better or worse.
But that doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire summer locked inside like a kid kept home from camp because of chickenpox.
Infectious diseases expert Dr. Susan Hassig of Tulane University told Business Insider you CAN get back out, to some extent at least. But to safely break quarantine you need to focus on the three “Ds,” or diversity, distance, and duration.
- Diversity means sticking with your own household.
- Distance means keeping at least six feet apart.
- Duration means keeping any contact you do have with others as brief as possible.
The more people you encounter… the closer you are… and the longer that contact lasts, the higher the risk grows. That’s especially true if the infection is active where you live.
The DOS and DON’TS of heading back out
In terms of real behavior, Dr. Hassig says parties, bars, indoor restaurants, gyms, group sports, singing groups, hair salons, dentists, and even church services are probably best avoided for now.
On the flip side, she said a quick trip for groceries is probably safer, and outdoor activities where you can distance yourself from others are safest of all. In fact, a walk outside where you stay at least six feet away from others may not even require a mask.
The most critical step for safely breaking quarantine, of course, is to pay attention locally.
If you live in a rural community that hasn’t had a single case in weeks (or maybe ever), then you probably have a lot more freedom. But if you live in an area with an ongoing outbreak or new infections flaring up, you need to be much more cautious.
That means checking the news daily and staying up-to-date on the information from your local health authorities. The coronavirus situation can change at the drop of a hat, so you need to be ready to change right along with it.
That means keeping a mask with you at all times. Paying attention to the folks around you when you are out and about. And even making sure the pantry is nicely stocked in case health authorities need to tighten up restrictions and send us back into quarantine again in the future. (Don’t forget the toilet paper!)