4th of July Safety Tips from New Mexico Orthopaedics

(Adapted from the American Red Cross and CNBC)

Fourth of July fireworks shows, cookouts and beach vacations will look very different this year. As Covid-19 cases continue to surge across the country, the issue of how to celebrate and socialize safely is top of mind for many Americans.

This weekend is “set up a perfect storm” for virus transmission, Dr. Joshua Barocas, infectious disease physician and assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine, said in an Infectious Disease Society of America briefing Wednesday. The combination of travel, reopening and people relaxing guidelines contribute to the increased risk.

Experts say that the increase in coronavirus cases in late June can be traced back to Memorial Day weekend, when lockdowns ended in many states and people celebrated the holiday. So what can you do to avoid a repeat situation after the upcoming holiday weekend?

Here’s how to minimize your risk of Covid-19 this Fourth of July:

Stay home with only those you live with

Though people may understandably find it challenging, the best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home. We need to balance safety with “our individual and societal need for interactions,” Barocas said.

It’s important to remember that “the virus isn’t gone,” Barocas said. In fact, Covid-19 is surging in many states. And the fewer people you interact with, the less of a risk you have of contracting Covid-19.

“The most surefire way to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19 is to continue to shelter in place and stay at home, even if local and state jurisdictions don’t have these orders in place,” Barocas said. If the prospect of being around people or crowds makes you nervous, don’t do it.

Wear a mask and don’t forget the basics

If you are around other people, remember the key Covid-19 prevention measures: practice good hand hygiene, maintain social distance and wear a mask in public places. (Wearing a mask is completely safe to do, and it will not cause CO2 poisoning or lower your oxygen intake.)

“These [rules] all still apply,” Barocas said. “They protect you and they can protect people around you.

Stay outside

If you’re socializing with other people outside of your household, it’s best to do it outside, where there’s more airflow and room for respiratory droplets to disperse, Barocas said. While outside, you should still maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others, and of course, wear a mask.

If you can’t hang outside, then the CDC suggests opening windows to increase ventilation.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July from New Mexico Orthopaedics!

New Mexico Orthopaedics is a multi-disciplinary orthopaedic clinic located in Albuquerque New Mexico. We have multiple physical therapy clinics located throughout the Albuquerque metro area.

New Mexico Orthopaedics offers a full spectrum of services related to orthopaedic care and our expertise ranges from acute conditions such as sports injuries and fractures to prolonged, chronic care diagnoses, including total joint replacement and spinal disorders.

Because our team of highly-trained physicians specialize in various aspects of the musculoskeletal system, our practice has the capacity to treat any orthopaedic condition, and offer related support services, such as physical therapy, WorkLink and much more.

If you need orthopedic care in Albuquerque New Mexico contact New Mexico Orthopaedics at 505-724-4300.