Health First’s Dr. Timothy Laird Provides 5 Tips to Stay Healthier Over Labor Day Holiday
By Health First // September 3, 2021
HEALTH & MEDICINE SPOTLIGHT
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Millions of Americans are planning to travel to see friends, family, or loved ones to celebrate the holiday weekend. Keep these travel safety tips in mind to curtail your chances of becoming infected.
It’s a seasonal shift most of us look forward to – Labor Day, the time of year when we start to say goodbye to hot summer heatwaves, slowly begin to cool down and reframe our focus on fall.
However, it’s a lively holiday, which shouldn’t be taken lightly with many of us planning to travel for the three-day weekend.
The COVID-19 Delta variant is still active in our homes, communities and hospitals, which makes travel safety extremely important.
“We’ve come so far as a community, nation, and still need to make great safety strides when it comes to being smart and safe to help protect us all,” said Dr. Timothy Laird, Chief Medical Officer with Health First Medical Group.
And we get it. You want to spend time with family and friends, which is what we all crave and need. But Labor Day, just like any other holiday, can get out of hand with further COVID-19 exposures – and cause even more of a strain on our nation’s hospitals.
So, what can you do to help you and everyone else stay safe? We’ve got you covered, as Dr. Laird outlines five important tips and safety protocols you should keep in mind when traveling:
■ 1) Hygiene: It’s important to stay smart and keep up with basic hygiene as we continue to endure the pandemic. Hygiene principles are top priority, whether you’re traveling by plane or on the road. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer after coming in contact with high-touch surfaces, such as door handles and PIN pads when buying items with credit or debit cards.
■ 2) Cleanliness and Masks: Always practice washing your hands and wearing a mask when you’re in public areas such as rest stops and gas stations.
■ 3) Social Distance: Try to keep your distance as best as possible while waiting in security, boarding and baggage claim lines.
■ 4) Travel Research: Do some fact-finding prior to traveling. See if there are any travel restrictions and find out what the COVID-19 numbers or percentages are for your destination.
■ 5) Get Vaccinated: Although it won’t have an immediate impact against COVID-19, having the vaccine is vital, as more indoor events and outdoor gatherings are more commonplace again. Getting immunized is all about keeping everyone safe. The more people who have been administered the vaccine, the more we can actually celebrate and enjoy traveling with family and friends.
“We’re concerned about your safety from all angles and not just COVID,” Dr. Laird said. “Make smart decisions, don’t drink and drive, and be alert if you’re on a body of water. The goal is to have fun, enjoy seeing family and friends, but most importantly, to make sure we’re all here to enjoy the next holiday with each other.”
For the latest info on COVID-19 and what we’re doing to help you be well during the pandemic, visit HF.org/staywell. Here, you can learn more about testing, vaccines and other measures we’re taking to help protect our community.