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Health experts urge travelers to take precautions this Labor Day

Posted September 7, 2020 5:24 a.m. EDT
Updated September 7, 2020 5:37 a.m. EDT

— Experts say that people may think that cases of the coronavirus are going down and may be less cautious with they travel this holiday. But, the reality is, the more people travel and interact with others, the more opportunities there are for exposure.

Family gatherings this Labor Day are not an exception to guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, experts say.

Dr. Sickbert-Bennett, an epidemiologist with UNC Health, said that keeping the number of people infected with the coronavirus down is up to the individual.

“When you come back it becomes as important as ever to make sure you’re following all those prevention strategies," she said.

Even though it's a holiday weekend, it's important to remember to:

  • Listen to your body. If you develop new symptoms, reach out to a doctor and try to get tested.
  • Isolate yourself from others if you have symptoms of the coronavirus
  • Wear a cloth face covering when you are in public or close to people
  • Practice proper hygiene

The advice from health experts is if you are going to a cook out today, stay 6 feet away from others. Don't forget that you don't want to share utensils, snack bowls or any sort of food or drink.

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