Memorial Weekend & Staying Safe

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Day 58 : Stay Safe Minnesota

A Biology professor offers useful advises how to stay safe during the memorial day weekend & while being in enclosed spaces.

In a previous post A Doctor’s Advice to Staying Safe were highlighted. It’s also reported that his advice, written as a blog post for his undergraduate student went viral after his interview with CNN.

Dr Erin Bromage, aprofessor epidemiology & biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth suggested CNN’s “New day” to follow his ‘Staying Safe‘ recommendations while celebration memorial day celebration with family & friends.

Safely Doing Barbecue

  • Everyone should bring their own food and plastic utensils (no shared bowl of chips!)
  • Hot dogs and hamburgers should go directly from the grill to a person’s plate, not to a big tray of food
  • Different households should sit together — separately 

Masks in Backyards

According to Prof Bromage, if somebody is loud, yes, otherwise not required. “Again, if you can maintain the distance while you’re outside, you are fine without masks unless you’re in an area that is a bit of a hotspot at the moment. Have them with you. … The more households you have, then you may want to think about having masks.”

Guests Visiting Bathroom Inside

Indoors [is] the most risky environment we have for transmission of this virus. But … there’s things that you can do to make it just a little bit safer, told Prof Bromage to CNN.

  • Have all the doors going toward the bathroom open, so no one has to touch any other handles
  • Have guests use a piece of tissue to open and close the bathroom door
  • Make a note to close the toilet seat before flushing 

Guests Using Pool

According to Prof Bromage, a ‘properly’ maintained pool water will be safe but social distance with people from other households should be maintained in the water too.

Caution About Alcohol

“When we drink a little, we get a little closer, we get a little more touchy … We just need to be careful with that. There should be a plan for getting rid of bottles and other garbage quickly after a barbecue to minimize the risk of transmission”, told Prof Bromage to CNN.

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx also reportedly urged Americans to continue to follow social distancing measures when going about sports activities and visiting beaches; must keep a six feet distance and have a mask with them in case the six feet distance ‘cannot be maintained’.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 23, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 19,845 (out of 189,493 tested) with 852 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of May 23, 11:30 a.m.) there are 1,604,879 confirmed covid19 infection with 96,283 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 5,252,452 with 339,627 deaths.

Content of this post is adopted from the CNN Coronavirus pandemic in the US daily live updates.