According to the Lansing State Journal and McLaren Greater Lansing, many people are once again looking forward to their annual summer barbeque, planning a picnic with friends or just enjoying the outdoors with loved ones.

With Michigan coronaviruis cases on the rise as of early July, it's very important to continue social distancing in order to help prevent further spread of the virus.

A resident physician at McLaren Greater Lansing has some good advice about what you can do to keep your mind at ease and stay safe when you connect with family and friends this summer. (Lansing State Journal)

1. When you go to a barbeque or picnic, don't share food or plates. This boils down to common sense. We all know how important it is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Just remember that each person should have their own plate and eating utensils to prevent any transmission of the virus.

2. When it comes to using shared bathrooms, be cautious. No matter what, make sure you wash your hands after using any restroom and before grabbing the door handle or knob. You can always use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and when leaving the restroom. Just remember that anything you touch in and around the restroom has germs.

3. Here's another good point. The risk of transmission is likely higher from children, mostly because they are usually asymptomatic spreaders. Adults should make sure that children are washing their hands often, and that means using soap, and washing for at least 20 seconds.

These are safe practices for everyone no matter what your plans are for summer. Have a safe summer and enjoy your next family get together or your next summer picnic. Don't forget the pie!

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