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Staying safe from COVID-19 this summer

A summer safety graphic. The top of the image is a blue wave. The bottom is yellow sand. There is a diagonal title Summer Safety in the top left corner. There is a black pair of glasses and a black mask over the yellow sand.

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MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. --

Summertime means warm weather, lots of sunshine, and staying active outdoors. As more people visit parks, pools, and other recreational facilities, keeping Airmen safe from COVID-19 is of upmost importance to maintain the Air Force’s mission.

When thinking about visiting public recreational spaces, it is important to keep in mind the symptoms of the coronavirus. Do not go to crowded public areas after testing positive for COVID-19, or while displaying a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Visiting parks and campgrounds close to home can help minimize the spread of COVID-19 across counties and states. Traveling long distances may increase the risk of coming in contact with contaminated surfaces or others who are infected.

Swimming can be a great form of exercise and a way to stay cool in the heat. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through water, try to maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others at pools and beaches. Wear a mask when social distancing is difficult, except when swimming underwater.

After children use playground equipment they should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Social distancing from other children will help to keep them safe as well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that it is unlikely that COVID-19 will disappear in the warmer months. Keeping in mind the risks associated with the virus and ways to stay safe will allow our Airmen to stay happy, healthy, and always ready.