Dr Daniel Israel is a general practitioner working in Johannesburg. He is a member of GGPC (Gauteng General Practitioners Collaboration) which has created a platform for doctors to share resources during Covid-19. Look for #voicesthatcare on the GGPC Facebook page.
How to plan a safe day trip during COVID-19
Isn’t it better just to ‘stay safe and stay home’?
Think of a long distance runner who purposefully takes short breaks on an ultra-marathon to ensure that (s)he completes it well. Similarly, taking your kids on safe day trips at times will be necessary for their long-term mental and physical well being.
Which day trips are safe when COVID-19 infections are peaking?
Keep in mind that the virus is airborne and can spread rapidly in small spaces or from direct contact. Therefore:
- Consider an empty, quiet destination for a family outing.
- You must be flexibie enough to change plans spontaneously, should the venue be busy.
- Consider venues that are open during the week – they will be quieter then.
There are many safe day trips options that reduce the risk of person-to-person droplet spread:
How safe is visiting indoor centres or shopping malls?
DO NOT visit indoor recreational places as outings during this time (unless they are completely empty).
What supplies do I need to take with me on a day trip?
- Sanitiser, sanitiser and sanitiser: Inevitably, day trippers land up needing to access a toilet, make a payment or wipe down a surface. Just keep sanitising with a sanitiser containing 70% alcohol.
- Masks are a must: people pop up in the least expected places. If you see people be sure to wear a mask over your mouth and nose.
- Extra clothing: Kids love using jungle gyms: allow this, but insist that they do not touch their faces and sanitise their hands after use. Take extra caution by changing their clothes if they have come into contact with other children.
Plan safe day trips, get out and have fun!
- no-one in your 2 metre reach,
- and you’re wearing masks
- with sanitiser at your disposal.
This will enable you to stay home and stay safe for longer.
Related useful articles:
- So you have Covid-19. Now what? By Dr Karin van der Merwe and Dr Varanna Dogan
- Someone in your home tests positive for Covid-19. Dr Daniel Israel
- Coronavirus Parties- a bad idea Dr Sheri Fanaroff
- Mental health tips for kids and teens during Covid-19. Dr Sheri Fanaroff
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