How to make the most of the summer in the face of COVID-19?

With over 173 million recorded cases and 3.75 million deaths, it looks like COVID-19 (2019 coronavirus disease) is finally starting to give humanity a break. While the summer of 2020 has been characterized by isolation, fear, uncertainty and anxiety, the situation today is very different. We continue in a pandemic, but we know the enemy better.

In countries like the United States (with more than 33 million cases during the pandemic and 595,300 deaths), more than 303,923,660 vaccines have been administered today. The vaccination campaigns come with wonderful news, as 6% of recorded cases are reported each day compared to the average for the country’s most critical day, January 8, 2021.

However, it should not be forgotten that in this region, more than 14,000 new infections occur every day. Meanwhile, in Mediterranean areas like Spain, the number of daily infections is between 2,500 and 4,500, a small but not insignificant number. Even though the light is visible at the end of the tunnel, the SARS-CoV-2 has not left us yet. For all these reasons, today we teach you how to make the most of summer in the face of COVID-19.

    Summer at the time of COVID-19

    As we said, the global immunization strategy is starting to put the brakes on the COVID-19 virus, but we must not forget that not everyone is governed by the concept and vision of the West. Without going any further, 29.1 million cases have been recorded in India at the time of writing (June 9, 2021), with around 90,000 additional infections and 2,200 deaths every 24 hours.

    The pandemic is far from over, so there are some recommendations to keep in mind during the summer. Here are those.

    1. Put on your mask in public

    The basic reproduction rate (R0) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is 5.7 and is transmitted by respiratory droplets. This means that on average, a sick person who does not take the appropriate measures will infect almost 6 more before they are cured. This R0 far exceeds influenza, Ebola, diphtheria and other pathogens.

    It is estimated that if a positive case sneezes or coughs without a mask within walking distance of an unprotected person, the probability of infection is 90%. However, if a masked positive gets scratched and is close to an uninfected person without protection, the infection rate is reduced to 5%. If they are both wearing masks, the probability drops to 1.5%, and reaches 0% if they are also more than 2 meters away.

    With this data, we want to reflect that, as annoying as it may be, the mask remains our best ally against COVID-19. Although the mandatory use of a mask by vaccinated people is no longer mandatory in some regions, keep in mind that not all countries, states or autonomous communities are governed in the same way. If you want to avoid problems, the key is simple: put on your mask in public.

    2. Pack your bags, but with more consideration than before

    These holidays will be a little different for everyone, because the normality we were used to is still far away. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare for any trip taking into account certain concepts. First of all: when making your bag, never forget your hydroalcoholic gel, with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.

    If you are going to a hotel or any other type of establishment that has been previously occupied by other people, it will always be wise to provide yourself with virucides suitable for surfaces approved by health establishments. So if you disinfect the areas that are used the most (tables, doorknobs, bathroom and kitchen surfaces), you minimize the risk of infection. Every hotel should do this before a new tenant arrives, but it’s never too late to give notice.

    Ultimately, remember to take lots of masks (much better if they are FFP2) with you in your luggagebecause you are probably spending them faster than you would normally. Sea water, soil, humidity and other environmental factors typical of vacation environments will cause them to deteriorate more quickly.

      3. Avoid confined spaces

      A lot of people tend to think of vacations as a completely free time: “while I travel, I go out for lunch and dinner every day”. Every worker has the right to demand maximum comfort during their vacation period, but unfortunately this year the virus makes it very difficult to enjoy hospitality and public spaces around the clock.

      As we said in the previous sections, the basic reproductive rate of SARS-CoV-2 varies from 5.7 and infection is very conducive in confined spaces without ventilation. Bars and restaurants are one of the most controversial areas in terms of hygiene and general measures, so it is best to limit meals outside the hotel or place of stay.

      4. Know the state of health of your place of visit

      In many parts of the world, the state of health is much more alarming than that reported in the United States or in some countries of the European Union. Fortunately, the World Health Organization (WHO) makes a map available to the public that contains some of the epidemiological information you need to travel to any part of the world.

      Beyond the map, check with local sources about the state of the city, town or locality you wish to visit. What a tourist least wants is to be locked in by a border closure in a country that is not their own. If you can’t see the image clearly, you’d better leave the area of ​​interest tour for another time.

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      As you may have noticed, the most important thing in any case is to be careful and not to be overconfident. While global immunization is producing great results, many countries still have alarmingly high numbers of infections and deaths, so we must not let our guard down at any time.

      Everywhere you go, wear full face masks, don’t leave your hydroalcoholic gel on them and, if possible, get an effective surface disinfectant. Try to reduce the number of outings in public places where it is difficult to maintain a distance of 2 meters (restaurants, crowded beaches, squares, monuments, etc.) and be well informed of the epidemiological situation of the region in which you are staying. will give back. If you meet all these requirements, your well-being will be assured.

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      Bibliographical references

      • 7 ways to safely enjoy summer during COVID-19. Recognized June 9 at https://www.stamfordhealth.org/healthflash-blog/infectious-disease/enjoy-summer-safely-covid-19/
      • CDC AND COVID19. Retrieved June 9, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
      • Covid-19 map, WHO. Retrieved June 9 from https://covid19.who.int/

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