By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, Oct. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As the weather gets cooler and social activities move indoors, Americans need to take steps to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, an expert says.
“We now know that if we are going to socialize with people who are not in our household — or in our pandemic pod — being outside or in a well-ventilated space is better than being inside without outside air circulation,” said Lisa Lee, a public health expert at Virginia Tech University.
If you’re planning indoor gatherings, keep the number of guests as low as possible, leave enough space to maintain 6 feet or more between people, and wear face coverings.
“These preventive measures are more important than ever because we know that recent COVID-19 cases are among younger people, who are less likely to have symptoms and might not even know that they are contagious,” Lee said in a university news release.
“As families mix — young with old, healthy with frail — we will see more vulnerable people becoming infected and dying,” she added. “Protect your grandparents by making sure everyone wears a mask.”
As for fall traditions such as trick-or-treating on Halloween, visiting pumpkin patches and indoor haunted houses, Lee offered safety guidelines.
Avoid crowds, especially indoors; maintain social distancing; wash your hands often, and wear a face covering.
Consider replacing indoor activities with outdoor ones. For example, take a walk to look at the autumn colors; go for a hike; have a scavenger hunt, or visit a farm that offers fall hay rides. Plan ahead so you can avoid crowds, keep your distance and wear a mask, Lee said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on COVID-19.
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11-Fitness: Autumn workouts with Teddy Savage from Planet Fitness
WITH A CHANCE FOR SHOWERS DEVELOPING FROM I DAY. JENNIFER: THANKS, TAYLOR. IT’S TIME FOR 11 FITNESS. JOINING US THIS MORNING, TEDDY SAVAGE FROM PLANET FITNESS. YOU HAVE A PUMPKIN WITH YOU TODAY. >> YES, INDEED, JEN. I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU ALL EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO SPICE THINGS UP RIGHT NOW WITH THE PUMPKIN AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT SPICED LATTES EITHER. JENNIFER: YOU CAN PUMPKIN SPICE UP YOUR WORKOUT. WHAT DO WE DO? >> FIRST AND FOREMOST, GO AHEAD AND GRAB YOUR ORANGE TOOL FOR TODAY. IT’S GOING TO BE THE PUMPKIN. THE FIRST THING, WE’LL DO PUMPKIN JACKS. I WANT YOU TO SQUEEZE IT, KEEP THE ELBOWS IN TIGHT. AS YOU HOP THE LEGS OUT, PRESS THAT PUMPKIN UP ABOVE YOUR HEAD. PMAKE SURE YOU STAY ON THE BALLS OF YOUR FEET TO OFFSET INJURY. BREATHE IN THROUGH YOUR NOSE AND OUT THROUGH YOUR MOUTH. JEN, YOU’RE LIKE MAN, THIS PUMPKIN IS TOO HEAVY, LET ME PUT IT DOWN. WE PLACE IT DOWN AND DO A COUPLE OF TOE TAPS. I’M GOING TO TAP MY TOES AND GO SIDE TO SIDE. JENNIFER: YOU GOT MOVES. >> OH, YEAH. GOTTA HAVE THE MOVES EARLY IN THE MORNING. YOU’RE LIKE OKAY, AWESOME. I GOT MY HEART RATE UP, MY HIP FLEXORS ENGAGED. WE WANT TO DO PUMPKIN HIP SWINGS. WE’LL HAVE THE PUMPKIN HERE, SWING BETWEEN THE LEGS AND UP. JENNIFER: LIKE A KETTLE BELL. >> EXACTLY RIGHT. YOU SPEAK MY LANGUAGE. WE GOT PUMPKIN POWERED KETTLE BELL SWINGS. LASTLY, YOUR CAV THE PUMPKINS, BUT KEEP IT AWAY FROM YOUR SIBLING, A PUMPKIN DASH. JUST RUN AWAY WITH THE PUMPKIN. BUT DON’T RUN TOO FAR. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO HAVE FUN WITH PUMPKINS AND SPICE THINGS UP WHILE HAVING FUN ON THE HOLIDAY. JENNIFER: GRAB IT AND RUN RIGHT TO COLUMBIA, BECAUSE THERE’S A REASON THAT YOU’D WANT TO GO. >> ABSOLUTELY. ON OCTOBER 22, WE HAVE A GRAND OPENING EXTRAVAGANZA IN THE COLUMN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND LOCATION. YOU CAN WIN PRIZES, GET BLACK CARD AMENITIES FOR FREE. BRING A BUDDY FOR FREE. IF YOU UPGRADE YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW OR REFER A FRIEND, NOW UNTIL OCTOBER 22, YOU GET THE REST OF THE YEAR FOR FREE. JENNIFER: OOH, THAT’S A GOOD BARGAIN. I’M ALL ABOUT FREEBIES. WHAT ARE THE — YOU SAID THE BLACK CARD UPGRADES OR AMENITIES? WHAT ARE THOSE. >> YOU GET FREE ACCESS TO THE BLACK CARD SPA AREA WITH HYDRO BEDS THERE THAT GIVE YOU A GREAT MASSAGE, TOTAL BODY. JENNIFER: FREE? >> FREE. I’M TALKING ABOUT NO MONEY AT ALL. AND RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN ACTUALLY SIGN UP IN COLUMBIA, ZERO DOLLARS DOWN, TEN DOLLARS A MONTH AND YOU GET A MONTH FOR FREE AS WELL. SO THOSE BLACK CARD AMENITIES INCLUDE, ALSO, TOTAL BODY ENHANCEMENT AND SO MUCH MORE. BUT I IMPLORE YOU, DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. COME IN