Summer fun expectations during COVID-19

Posted at 4:18 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 18:18:22-04

BOISE, Idaho — As summer is approaching and states are reopening, there is a big question mark on which activities are safe to do during this pandemic. During a webinar, Fellows with the Infections Diseases Society of America talked about summer activities.

Dr. Preeti Malani says common sense is going to be key to keeping the coronavirus from spreading.

"A lot of us want to plant flowers in our garden. If you drive up to the nursery and you see that there are hundreds of cars in the parking lot, it might not be a safe time to shop," said Dr. Malani. "Maybe you might need to come back later."

This holiday weekend, you might find yourself at the pool. Dr. Leonard Mermel says chlorine in municipal pools should be at a level that is going to combat the coronavirus.

"I'm not concerned that there will be transmission in the pool, more with people close together in that setting," said Dr. Mermel.

If you are planning on traveling, house rentals and hotel should be disinfected according to CDC guidelines.

"You have to have the assurances that the proper cleaning is done of the entire setting, particularly high tough surfaces," said Dr. Mermel.

This summer will also set the tone for fall. Dr. Malani suggests a phased approach for returning to sports, like football.

"It's really hard to physically distance in playing a sport," said Dr. Malani. "There's that aspect and there's also the spectator aspects; and this is going to be one of many questions that gets looked at this summer."

The doctors suggset owners of rental homes screen potential patrons by asking a few questions beforehand, focusing on whether anyone is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. They say owners should also encourage those staying on their property to alert them if they feel any symptoms after the say as well.