Safety tips to use after shelter-in-place is over

For the past few months, our day-to-day lives have been drastically different. To flatten the COVID-19 curve, we spend the majority of our time at home, waving to friends from phone and computer screens. When we do go out, we wear masks and gloves, and maintain six feet of distance from others while going for walks.
Until a vaccine for COVID-19 is approved, these social-distancing tactics are the best way to prevent virus transmission. But as Michigan and many states are lifting shelter-in-place restrictions and reopening non-essential businesses, the virus is still a looming threat.
I worry about a second wave of infections once people start going out again. But when going back to work, school and out into the public is inevitable, there are tips you can continue to use to protect yourself and others from contracting COVID-19. Hopefully, some of the below suggestions have already become habit throughout these past few months, so they’ll be easy to incorporate into your everyday routine:
The big takeaway? Be vigilant and be cautious. Time will reveal how this pandemic will change our society in the long run. (Will shaking hands become obsolete? Will working from home become common?) But for now, implementing the above safety tips will help everyone stay safer and healthier until herd immunity prevents the spread of COVID-19.
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