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Avoiding a second wave starts with the three C's


It's all too easy to drop your guard (and your mask) as the summer heats up and offers a wealth of possible activities.

With that said, relaxing vigilance now is a sure way to ensure the COVID-19 outbreak worsens. In this video, Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, chief quality and patient safety officer for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, explains what you can do to minimize risk as the summer heats up.

Video transcript

I'm Iahn Gonsenhauser, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Since we've reopened the country and been through the Memorial Day holiday, we've been out in public more together, increasing our personal contacts and getting out and doing some of the things that we love during summer.

We've also begun to see the number of new cases of coronavirus rising in many states across the nation and throughout the world.

As we're watching these numbers increasing and we head towards the July 4th holiday, we're all focused on avoiding a second wave and trying to avoid any potential further limitations or shut downs.

If we want to accomplish that, the simplest thing to focus on are The Three C's.

The first C, closed spaces with poor ventilation.

Think about sitting in an office space with people around you and no windows open or possibly in a restaurant with other people around as well. This limited ventilation is the perfect place for respiratory droplets to linger and increase your risk of exposure.

The next C is crowded spaces.

We all understand that social distancing is imperative and when you're in a crowded space, social distancing becomes extremely difficult.

The last C, close-range conversations.

Anytime you're sitting within three feet of another individual having a person to person conversation, particularly with no mask on, your risk of exposure is significantly higher.

We're going to be living with Covid for the foreseeable future. So remember The Three C's.

Keep up with your social distancing. Continue that responsible hand hygiene and keep wearing a mask, especially in public spaces.

If we remember to move forward with care, not fear, we can hopefully avoid a second wave and further restrictions.