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As fall begins, many people have been left scrambling to figure out how they can stay connected with their loved ones during the colder months. With many countries entering a second wave of COVID-19, going into one another’s households is no longer proving a viable option. Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of ideas for how you can stay connected with friends and family members in different households, over the next couple of months.
If you live in an area where you can go for a walk while maintaining at least six feet of distance from those around you, then doing so is a great way to stay connected with loved ones during the colder months. Pick a park, walking trail, or even just walk around the block in your neighbourhood. The key is to be outdoors and keep a physical distance between yourself and those outside your household. Ideally, choose a wide trail or a quiet area where you and your loved one can stay six feet apart. If this is not possible, then wear a mask throughout your walk.
Patio heaters are predicted to fly off the shelves this fall as the cold weather sets in. Installing a patio or other kind of outdoor heater, such as a fire pit, will enable you to visit with friends in your backyard, even as temperatures drop. Studies have shown that outdoor settings are far less risky when it comes to the transmission of COVID-19. So while it may be too cold to sit in a park come November, having an outdoor heater on your property will allow you to comfortably visit with your loved ones outside well into the fall. We recommend positioning your patio chairs six feet apart and placing the heater in between the two chairs.
When it’s too cold to spend any significant amount of time outdoors, it’s time to take advantage of technology. Plan a weekly phone or video chat with your loved ones. Try and make it the same day and time each week so that both parties remember. If you want to do more than chat, you could even plan to turn on a television show at the same time and talk about it over the phone, or bake a new recipe together over video chat. There are plenty of ways to get creative!
The most effective way to stop the spread of the virus is to keep your social circle small, make all visits outdoors, maintain a physical distance of six feet, and stay home as much as possible. In the event that you or someone you know gets COVID-19, learning basic first aid can help prepare you. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.