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Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash

Virus Outbreak Texas Daily Life
Posted at 9:07 AM, May 24, 2020

BERLIN -- Europeans and Americans are soaking up the sun where they can as many take advantage of a first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased.

The continent also is looking ahead to the return of tourist travel.

Slowing infection rates across Europe have led to a gradual restoration of everyday freedoms in recent weeks, though the new normal is far from previous summers.

Authorities enforced distancing rules on newly accessible beaches in Italy on Sunday.

Still, the threat from the virus remains — with more than 5.3 million cases reported worldwide and over 342,000 confirmed deaths.

The United States was on track to surpass 100,000 coronavirus deaths in the next few days.

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.