We are already in June, the weather is consistently in the 80’s, cities are opening back up, tourists are returning, flights are booked, swimsuits have been purchased, hair appointments are made and we are ready to make up for all the things we missed out on during the great Pandemic Summer of 2020.
Per the CDC: “COVID-19 Cases are Extremely High. Avoid Events and Gatherings.”
This post has been sponsored by Lysol® and Lysol Germ-Cast™
Since the start of this pandemic, more than 586,000 Americans have died as a result of COVID-19 (as of 6/5/2021). That count increased by more than 100,000 from my last post on COVID-19 to today and overall, the 7-day average of new cases has generally increased since March 20, 2021.
I know the weather is warming up, I know everyone is experiencing pandemic fatigue and are sick of being in the house and sick of wearing their masks, but once again, we are still very much in the middle of this pandemic and we have to remain diligent. Travel is increasing and we are also heading into wedding season, but please, be cautious. The CDC still recommends that we avoid large gatherings, especially those where social distancing will not be maintained between people who live in different households.
- Indoor events, especially in places with poor ventilation, have a higher risk than outdoor events
- Events that last longer have a higher risk than shorter events. Being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID for 15 minutes or more increases your risk of catching COVID
- Events with more people increase your chances of being exposed to COVID
- Events where people are: interacting with other people they don’t live with, singing, shouting, not maintaining physical distancing, or not keeping their masks on properly, can increase you risk of catching COVID
Even if you’ve had the vaccine:
- The research says the vaccine is effective, but there may still be a possibility for you to both catch COVID-19 and pass it on to others. Scientists are still learning and still figuring this out
- It typically takes two weeks after your second dose of the vaccine for your body to build protection
- Millions of people in the U.S. have been vaccinated. Scientists are still figuring out how long COVID-19 vaccines will protect people and if booster shots will be neccessary
- We are still learning how effective the vaccines are against new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19
- The CDC states: “For these reasons, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should keep taking precautions in public places, until we know more, like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often.”
Protect Yourself and Those Around You
To continue to help protect myself and those around me, I am still using Lysol’s new Germ-Cast App. Lysol Germ-Cast™ is a free app provides current, up to date information and illness levels at my fingertips. Germ-Cast™ provides daily, county-level flu and COVID-19 incidence levels, illness-prevention information, and even product tips from Lysol. The entire goal of the app is to help us stay informed and protect ourselves and those we love from getting sick and spreading illness-causing germs.
Germ-Cast is very easy to use! To use the Lysol Germ-Cast™ app, first download it in your App Store– Lysol Germ-Cast™ is available for download in the Apple App Storeand Google Play. Second, either turn your location services on or simply search by city. As soon as you search by city, the current COVID-19 and flu rates in your area will come right up, along with tips and tricks on how to help keep you protected. To show you how the Germ-Cast™ app works, check out the previous screenshots I shared, here.
We Got This
I love being outside and seeing my friends and family, but large gatherings still make me very nervous. Things that I have been comfortable doing this spring are going for socially distanced walks at the Chicago parks or at the lakefront, small gatherings, and eating at restaurants as long as they are maintaining 6 feet of distance between each table. Now that as of last Friday Chicago has opened 100%, I will be choosing to avoid some events and restaurants altogether and I always check my Germ-Cast™ app for the latest information.
Even with Spring being here and Summer approaching and even though we are tired of being away from our friends and families, I believe it is best practice that we remain consistent with our use of masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and hand washing. One thing about me, I am very serious about properly wearing my mask and avoiding large crowds and I will continue to do my part to help keep myself, and anyone who comes into contact with me, protected. Now that I have a little one on board, I have to put the health of my family first. (If you missed my big announcement last week, click here!)