2 Your Health: Safety Tips for Summer Camps
CHARLESOTN, SC (WCBD) – Many summer camps are in full swing after they had to abruptly close last year due to the pandemic. While this is exciting news for campers, some parents may still be nervous about COVID-19.
“I would really review the safety guidelines from camp to camp and trust your instincts. If you feel the camp is capable of doing a good job and you feel comfortable sending them out, it’s time to try and start over. If you aren’t feeling well, maybe now is not a good time to do it, ”said Gina Robinson, MD, pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
Dr Robinson said if you plan to send your child to camp this summer, be sure to talk to them about sticking to safety protocol. The rules they are used to may be different now.
The CDC has established guidelines for the camps, including recommending vaccinations for staff and all children over 12. Anyone who is not vaccinated should always wear a mask. Social distancing is also encouraged.
Dr Robinson said if your child has a chronic illness or is immunocompromised, you may want to keep him or her at home this year.
And if your child has not yet been vaccinated, now might be a good time to do so.
“I encourage everyone to think about the fact that we want to try to get back to normal, number one, and the best way to do that is to get as many people vaccinated as possible. We also want to reduce the number of people who get sick and potentially die with COVID needlessly, ”she said.
Dr Robinson said it might also be helpful to limit your child’s interactions for a period of two weeks before going to camp, that way you can make sure they haven’t contracted COVID. or another illness that could put other children at risk.