As we head into summer, still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear that this season will be without its typical concerts, movies, sporting events, and vacations. But all is not lost. We can still enjoy the simple pleasure of heading outside for some sunshine.

Spending time outdoors provides a myriad of benefits, including sun exposure for Vitamin D production, mindfulness and a connection to nature, and a great opportunity for exercise.

Fortunately, the weather is warming up and it’s easy to get outside right now. However, with ongoing coronavirus concerns, and seasonal allergies in full effect, it’s important to take some precautions when doing so.

How to Limit Germs and Allergens Outdoors

  1. Choose a safe outdoor environment. To help limit coronavirus transmission, carefully consider your outdoor setting. You’ll want to choose an open air space close to home. Think parks, trails, recreation areas, or your own backyard. The key is to avoid crowds and to stay at least six feet from others at all times.
  2. Be smart about activities. For the time being, it’s best to avoid “high-touch surfaces”, such as playgrounds and sports equipment. These surfaces are difficult to clean and disinfect, and may be contaminated. Organized sports are also currently off-limits, since we should not be gathering with others from outside the home. Instead, choose nature walks, hikes, runs, or bike rides through the neighborhood.
  3. Practice good hygiene. Be sure that the whole family washes their hands immediately after coming inside from playing outdoors. Use soap and warm water, and wash for at least 20 seconds. If you have children, try singing the ABCs during hand washing and compliment them for doing a really good job. Hand washing is essential in the fight against coronavirus. To limit seasonal allergy symptoms, shower or bathe before heading to bed. This can help wash away any residual pollen or mold from outside. You can also prevent tracking allergens into the home by taking shoes off upon entering. The goal is to limit exposure to allergens as much as possible.

We understand that it can be a challenging time. We hope these tips help you feel more comfortable heading outside for some much needed stress relief. And if you or a loved one is suffering from seasonal allergies, know that we are here for you. Our friendly providers are available 7 days a week. We can evaluate your symptoms and provide expert treatment and advice.

Stay safe outdoors during the pandemic. We’re here when you need care.