Summer has arrived and with it the urge to spend more time with family and friends in the warmer weather. Restrictions over the last two summers due to COVID-19 have changed this year.  Experts have said that the virus isn’t going away any time soon. It’s moving towards becoming an endemic, a virus that will always be around.. This post offers tips for how to enjoy summer in an endemic.

Second Booster Doses

While a second booster shot is not widely recommended for all age groups, it is recommended for seniors.  It is also recommended for individuals who are immunocompromised, ages 12 and over. The CDC generally recommends that people receive their 2nd booster at least four months after their third one. No one has to provide proof of their immunocompromised status. This means that if you would like to get another booster for yourself, you can. It’s also easier for those who work with or know people who are immunocompromised.

Be Mindful of Indoor Activities in an Endemic

Indoor activities are becoming more popular than ever and masks may or may not be required depending on where you go in Newport Beach or Orange County, CA. Activities such as eating out may be best enjoyed outdoors. There is plenty of ventilation and distance between guests and tables outdoors. Because eating cannot be done with a mask, the risk of transmission is higher indoors than out.

Indoor Weddings and Events

If an event is small and well ventilated and people respect distancing, indoor events and weddings can be safer with masks. It is not foolproof, however, even with proof of vaccinations required. The transmission rate in the community is something to consider. If they are high and you or someone close to you is at risk of complications from COVID-19, consider attending events outdoors that are not packed.

Visiting a museum, sporting event, or other activity indoors while wearing a mask is a lower risk than other activities.

Outdoor Events and Activities

Crowded outdoor events have some risks to them. If you want to attend an outdoor event, maintaining distance can help minimize risks. Wear a mask for added protection. Activities like going to the beach during off-hours, planting a garden in the yard, or going for a walk at the park away from the crowds will let your loved one enjoy the sun safely.

How to Protect Yourself This Summer

Experts recommend staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, staying home if you’re sick, and communicating with your medical provider if you experience symptoms so that you can get treatment early. Talk to your physician about any special summer events you’d like to attend. They may be able to offer suggestions for ways you or your loved one can participate without putting your health at a higher risk than necessary.

Summer is the perfect time to find the caregiver to provide the personal care or companion care that your loved one deserves. Reach out to the care team at Optimal Senior Care Solutions by calling (949) 535-2211 today!