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Here is his advice to stay safe and coronavirus free this fall.

How to go about your daily life

Autumn may reconsider where cold people gather, but hanging out is still safer than indoor spots (except for large, crowded events that don’t leave social distance).

There is more space for air and flow to spread, so despite the cold spreading, people should still limit their internal contact to indoor locations, said Dr. David Aronoff, director of the Department of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for Infectious Diseases.

But before you go anywhere:

Get your flu shot. Health experts, including Aaron F., say this year’s flu vaccine will be the most important for you so far. Relief from the burden on the healthcare system to combat a less contagious respiratory illness means fewer people die from both the flu and Covid-19. U.S. Department of Disease Control and Prevention Centers indicate your flu shot by the end of October.
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Stay warm outside. Invest in ways to keep the gathering outdoors, whether it’s a chili, a fire pit, a warm coat or a heat lamp, said Dr. George, a physician and visiting professor at the Emergency Room of the Milken Institute of Public Health at Washington and Washington University. This keeps meetings in a safe place and also helps prevent social isolation.

You don’t always have to wear a mask out. If you’re outside and can keep a distance of at least six feet from someone you don’t live with, you don’t have to wear a mask, Wayne said. For example, if you walk around your community alone and no one comes in the neighborhood, wearing a mask is not necessary.

But you should definitely wear masks around others. You’re Ronoff said, but if you’re out in a crowded place or on a street where it’s hard to avoid strangers, wear a mask, Aronoff said. Clothing masks prevent you from inhaling the virus if you are asymptomatic, and they can prevent “silent transmission” of the virus.

How to celebrate the fall holidays

The epidemic will certainly complicate the celebration of holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, which revolve all around the community and family.

“We know by now that much of the spread of the Covid-19 is really driven not by formal settings with strangers, but by informal gatherings of family and friends.” “Some individuals will leave their guard with loved ones.”

It’s tempting to skirt Covid-19 prevention tips to gather loved ones in those days, but the holidays shouldn’t be considered exceptions, Aronoff said – the virus won’t stop infecting people in those days.

The virus that causes Covid-19, he said, is “capable of spreading whenever people gather.”

“I think people need to take this holiday very seriously. This is not going to be the season to get the way we used to.”

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If you risk traveling, cut the exposure. Some may be willing to risk coronavirus transmission to see their loved ones, Wayne said. But to make that decision, you need to reduce your accumulated risks, he said.

For example, if you decide to fly to visit family or friends for Thanksgiving, Wayne said, you should not even dine indoors at a restaurant or participate in a sporting event in the meantime. Choosing the risk you want to take and possibly exposing yourself once – continuing to expose yourself makes it possible that you come up with Covid-19.

Make alternative holiday plans. Gathering with a trick or treat or for a communal meal comes with additional risks during an epidemic. Aronoff suggested they trade for less risky entertainment.

The CVC ranked typical fall activities by the risk of their Covid-19 exposure, and by their standards safe activities only included members of one’s household. The CDC said it is safer than carving a pumpkin or hunting a Halloween souvenir in an immediate family with a traditional trick or treatment. And instead of a Thanksgiving dinner with an extended family, the lowest-risk version of Thanksgiving, according to the CDC, only gathers people with whom you are separating Black Friday shopping for virtual sales.

How to vote

Wayne and Aronoff both agreed that voting was necessary even during an epidemic, and that it should not be abandoned. Whether you vote ahead of Nov. 3 or during the polls, it’s possible to limit contact on your Covid-19 at the time of voting.

If you can, vote by mail. The safest way to vote during an epidemic is to mail it to your ballot box, Wayne said, bypassing the polling station. (Read more about how mail voting works in each state.)

If you vote individually, vote early. Early polling dates and hours vary by state, but polling stations are usually less crowded before election day.

Find out about your polling place if you are voting in person. Learn as much as you can about your polling place before you go, Wayne said. What precautions are polling workers taking? How much time do you have to spend indoors while you are there?

Bring the essentials. When you go to vote in person, Wayne said, wear a mask, bring a hand sanitizer and be aware of what you touch and the distance you keep from others.

How to beat epidemic fatigue

We have been in the epidemic for more than six months. We live with mask mandates, travel bans, expirations and scraps and upheavals of life, as we have known it for half a year. More than 200,000 Americans have died since Covid-19. It’s intrusive and upsetting, and it’s natural for some people to react to these changes with revolt.
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But we must be careful whether we know the work, or we will live this way longer, Aronoff said.

“We’re all fed up with Covid-19, which is definitely the effect of a terrible epidemic that seems to be going on,” he said. “But we’re not out of it yet … and in the absence of a vaccine, it’s up to us to continue to do our part to protect each other from this potentially deadly virus.”

Van compares it to drinking and driving without a serious incident. Just because you’re not injured or arrested doesn’t mean that behavior is sustainable or safe – and it’s only for people who blow up mask requirements or social distance guides.

“It’s possible that someone can be lucky many times,” he said.

But the more often someone engages in risky behaviors, the more likely they are to become ill with coronavirus.