For more than a year the COVID-19 pandemic has plagued us all—disrupting the flow of life in society as we know it. Twelve months of quarantine lockdown is enough to push anyone to the edge. As the spring comes into full swing and the economy begins to open back up, the CDC has recently issued an ease on its mask-wearing guidelines. It can be tempting to jump the gun in going back to normal by getting in touch with friends and family, attending mass gatherings, and traveling during the spring break season. However, keep in mind that mask-wearing is still required indoors and in crowded outdoor environments, and it is no substitute for social distancing, which is still in full effect.
As of April 27th, 2021 U.S. government recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer require fully vaccinated adults to wear face masks outdoors when walking, jogging, or biking in relative isolation, including with household members. This is great news for those maintaining outdoor fitness routines, but the majority of safety precautions are still in place and need to be followed strictly for the good of the public health.
You still need to wear a mask when going to the gym to get your workout on. Masks are also needed when running in populated areas like busy parks and trails.
A minimum distance of six feet remains in place for proper social distancing. So if you’re going to a barbecue or graduation party this spring, be sure to play it safe and keep your space.
Practice proper hand washing and sanitizing at home and whenever you go outside.
Get tested if you’ve been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus or if you have flu-like symptoms, and remain in quarantine for a 14-day period.
Finally, if you haven’t already, get vaccinated!
Eligible TRICARE beneficiaries can make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a military hospital, clinic, or vaccination site. This includes US Family Health Plan (USFHP) enrollees. Visit the COVID-19 DoD Vaccine Appointments page to see DoD vaccination locations and what appointment tools each location is using.
For more information and to enroll with USFHP call now at 1-800-241-4848 and let us get you covered.