CDC updates coronavirus summer camp guidance

CDC updates coronavirus summer camp guidance

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, indicated over the weekend that the CDC would be updating its guidance sometime this week, telling CNN that the changes apply not only to what vaccinated people can do, but that some will address what unvaccinated people will be permitted to do as well.

Camp activities are recommended to be held outdoors as much as possible.

The agency also stressed that the guidelines are meant to supplement, not replace, state and local regulations already in place.

Masks should be worn by everyone in camp facilities, except when taking part in activities like eating, drinking or swimming.

The CDC's current guidelines state that "masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with people who live in your household".

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic forced many summer camps to close and families to change their plans. There should be "at least 6 feet physical distance between campers and staff, and at least 6 feet between campers in different cohorts". "Limit mixing between cohorts". Obviously, you're not want to be wearing a mask when you jump in the water. That distance should double to six feet while eating and drinking.

"But when you look around at the commonsense situation, obviously, the risk is really very low, particularly if you are vaccinated", he added.

It also suggests modifying a number of activities and traditions for safety's sake, such as avoiding group activities where distance can not be maintained, limiting nonessential visits from other individuals and organizations, and performing activities such as singing and chanting outdoors only.

It also outlines steps campers should take before their arrival, such as quarantining in line with travel guidance and getting either vaccinated or tested within a certain time frame. Campers should be placed head-to-toe during naps to maximize distance between their faces.

On buses used for transportation, the CDC guidance said protocols to keep physical distance between campers should be put into place, such as seating children one-per-row.

Toys, books, electronic devices and other items normally passed around among children should not be shared, the CDC added. The guidance notes the key role that camps play in individuals' social, emotional and physical development, and goes on to outline strategies they can use to maintain healthy environments and prepare to respond to potential infections. But as an increasing number of people in the USA are getting vaccinated against COVID-more than half of adults now have at least one shot-many of us are hoping we'll be able to go mask-free soon.

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