Sholar suggests activities for another pandemic summer
by Colleen Sholar, DO, FAAFP, Clearwater Hospital and Clinics
As we are approaching the second summer of this pandemic I am reminded of all the reasons we moved to Idaho, and probably the reasons you live here too, there is so much to do that is naturally physically distanced and outdoors.
Our hopes of things returning to what we want to consider completely "normal" anytime soon, is uncertain as we have a lagging vaccination rate which is only going to allow more variants to pop up. As I write this Idaho's North Central Health District reports 37 percent of those over the age of 16 have received at least one dose while Idaho in general is at 44 percent and the nation is at 55 percent. If you would like to receive a COVID Vaccination, we have them available at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics for everyone over the age of 16. Call 208-476-5777 to schedule.
So, needless to say, a summer filled with crowded sporting events, amusement parks, and airports doesn't sound like a great idea, but thank goodness we live where we do, those were less likely to be our plans anyway. Here are a few activities and their respective safety considerations.
Whether you are planning an adventure or doing chores around the house, remember your hat and sunscreen. Skin cancer is common, one in five people will develop a skin cancer by age 70. Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk of developing a melanoma and 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV light. It's a good idea to put your sunscreen on each morning because you don't know where your day will take you!
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