Tips for a Safe and Healthy Summer

Here’s what we can do to make sure we are healthy this summer.  Let’s give the campus community a chance to return to campus next Fall in as best physical and mental shape as possible.

number 1Being vaccinated is the safest way to ensure that you are healthy this summer.

 

  • Use Vaccine Finder to help you locate vaccines that are available in your area. Contact the provider in your area to schedule an appointment using this site. You can even select your preferred vaccine (Modern, Pfizer, or Johnson and Johnson).
  • Be sure to get both doses if electing to receive Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines by returning to the vaccine provider at the scheduled date. If you receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you are protected after one dose.
Did you know?
  • COVID-19 vaccine doses are allocated to jurisdictions based on number of people over 18 in your area proportionally to the whole United States population. This is why we see varying availability in certain regions.
  • Pennsylvania is now in phase 2 for vaccine distribution, meaning all individuals not previously covered who are 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine
  • Pfizer is the only vaccine offered to 16 and 17 year olds

number 2More freedoms become available when you are fully vaccinated.

 

The world starts opening up and vaccinated population increases. Be a part of the solution so we can start doing many of the things we stopped due to the pandemic. 

You may partake in the following activities safely per CDC guidelines:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
    Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible

But still take precautions.

Precautions should still be taken in public places since how vaccines affect the spread of COVID-19 is still unknown. It is safest to continue to:

  • Wear a mask if attending a crowded, outdoor event (live performances, sports games, parades, etc.)
  • Stay 6 feet apart
  • Avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
  • Washing your hands often

number 3Do’s and Don’ts for Hanging out with Friends this Summer

 

Things To Do

  • Indoor gatherings without a mask are allowed if all individuals are vaccinated.
  • If vaccinated, masks are not required when outside unless you are in a crowded setting.
  • The recommended maximum is a 10 person limit for indoor social gatherings outside of your family
  • Keep hand sanitizer and a mask with you when travelling.
  • Wear your mask when in doubt!

Things to stay away from

  • Large indoor gatherings, especially crowded areas
  • Staying in poorly-ventilated and crowded areas for extended periods of time
  • Close contact with strangers or people travelling from out-of-state / long distances.
  • Unnecessary air travel unless vaccinated
  • Anyone who is symptomatic!
  • Don’t share drinks or any other transmissible devices

number 4Mental and Physical Health Tips

 

Mental

Hobbies
Find something that you enjoy and do it! Hobbies can be individual or group, both have been shown to improve mental health

Spend time with friends
Spending time with others has been shown to improve mental well-being

Get Rest!
A good night’s sleep is the best thing you can do to keep yourself healthy mentally AND physically!

Find healthy ways to deal with increased stress
With the pandemic still in effect, there is still increased stress and anxiety being seen throughout the community. To keep yourself the most healthy, try finding healthy ways to cope with things. Some examples include physical activity, yoga, creating art, and taking a nap.

 

Physical

Exercise
Physical activity is the best thing you can do to keep yourself physically healthy. Even 15 minutes of physical activity per day is great

Stay Hydrated
Hydration is very important especially during the summer. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses per day! Try bringing a water bottle around to encourage yourself to drink water. If you contract COVID-19, hydration has been seen to lessen the severity of symptoms

Get Vaccinated
The #1 thing you can do this summer is get vaccinated. Herd immunity can be reached by the end of the summer if students get vaccinated.

Encouraging friends and family to get vaccinated
Herd immunity is not just important on campus, but also to the community. Reaching 70% vaccination in the population can lead to things going back to normal