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Almost 175 days into this pandemic, it is becoming difficult to know what is safe to do, and moreover, it is ever more challenging to follow the recommendations of public health officials due to the “fatigue” that has set in due to the restrictions. I know we all want to “get back to normal” but as the spread of the coronavirus has moved from the East coast now to the Sun Belt and beyond, Americans are being tasked with the difficult process of assessing their own risk and the risks for their loved ones while being given different, often-conflicting information about what is responsible behavior. The articles below offer some guidance that you might find useful when considering the behaviors for you and your family members. Remember that the basic tenets of preventing the spread of the coronavirus have not changed. Practice physical distancing. Wear a face mask when in public. Wash your hands frequently. If you feel sick, stay home – and get tested.
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Reducing Risk of Outdoor Gatherings
Experts concur: outdoor social events are safer than indoor ones. However, some outdoor gatherings have resulted in multiple people being exposed to the virus. This article offers tips on how to make your outdoor gathering safer for attendees.

CDC Expands List of Those at Higher COVID-19 Risk
The CDC has added to their list of who is more at risk to developing serious cases of the coronavirus, including people who are pregnant and those with diabetes.

“We Must Resist Confusing Re-opening With Returning to Normalcy”
Three major health organizations published a letter on July 6 th urging Americans to wear masks in public. The American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, and the American Nurses Association, in response to the surge of new cases of COVID-19, asked the public to wear masks and engage in social distancing. “We are not powerless in this public health crisis, and we can defeat it …by allowing science and evidence to shape our decisions and inform our actions.”

Scientists Urge W.H.O. to Consider Airborne Transmission
239 scientists from more than 30 countries are calling for the World Health Organization to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air. In a letter published in Clinical Infectious Diseases , they assert that there is enough proof to show that the virus can be spread via tiny droplets, such as those exhaled by talking, that linger in the air.

What to Know About Air Purifiers and COVID-19
Considering the possibility of airborne transmission of coronavirus, the use of an air purifier may help prevent COVID-19 by capturing virus particles that could be traveling in the air.

Health & Exercise
Is your kid itching to get back in the batter’s box? Little League has released a series of “best practices” guidelines to help leagues – and participants – resume practice and games this summer.

Mental Health
Many senior living facilities and nursing homes are still under visitor restrictions, and the residents are lonely – and so facilities are seeking pen pals. Writing to a pen pal is a great activity for kids and adults alike, and a way to reach out and make a connection. Here’s how one senior home benefited, but you can look up nursing homes in your area to see if they are seeking pen pals.

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