Camping is one of the safest vacation plans you can have right now, but it’s not risk-free. Here’s how to do it right.
(by Canela López)
As more national parks like Yosemite and Zion plan to reopen in early June, more people are wondering how they can enjoy the great outdoors while being as safe as possible.
Camping is one of the safer vacations you can take during the pandemic, according to Dr. Sandra Kesh, an infectious disease specialist and Deputy Medical Director at WestMed — but visiting the great outdoors is not risk-free.
“The appeal of it is that you’re outdoors and you’re not congregating with too many people in one location,” Kesh told Insider. “The problem is that because it’s outdoors — and I’ve started to see this happen — people let their guard down.”
Though it’s easier to get space from people outdoors, Kesh said people tend to engage in a riskier activity when they go outside, like speaking to people face to face, taking masks off, and getting within six feet of other people.
“The risks then start to accumulate,” Kesh said. “It’s not that ‘if I do this then I will get COVID’ — it’s a cumulative risk. Those risks pile up and that’s when I think there’s potential for people being more exposed.”
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