What can a single person do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their own communities? The truth: if every person does their part, everybody ends up being better off for it in the long run.
Whether you’re in charge of a community group, lead a school-related organization, or are simply part of a tightly-knit community of neighbors, there are tons of ways to keep this summer a safe and happy one.
1. Keep track of your COVID community levels
If you’re an active member of your community, it makes sense to follow the latest COVID-19 news in your area.
The CDC offers a bunch of helpful guidelines, all pertaining to its outbreak prevention system. Using these metrics, you can determine whether your community’s current standing exposes you to a low, medium, or high risk of COVID infection.
You can look up your own community using the CDC’s portal—the page also includes the exact indicators that the risk level tool grades each county in its database. If you use this tool often, you’ll be the first to know when there’s an unusual spike in your neighborhood.
2. Consider vaccination
Vaccination can be a contentious issue. One way to err on the side of caution is to remain up-to-date on your vaccines.
If you’re living in a high-risk neighborhood, you might also consider involving yourself with local outreach efforts. Sometimes, all it takes is the right information to make the right choice.
3. Adhere to anti-exposure precautions
Practicing good social hygiene etiquette—masking in public, social distancing, and being selective about your public outings—is an incredibly effective way to protect yourself. On a large enough scale, it’s also the best way to minimize spiking case numbers.
It makes a lot of sense; self-isolation and quarantine were some of the first COVID prevention tips introduced when COVID-19 was still completely new to us. It’s still just as valid now.
3 simple ways to keep community COVID levels down
Nothing on this list should come as a surprise—when COVID cases fluctuate, it’s important to be mindful of how you interact with the world around you.
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