5 Things the CDC Says You Still Shouldn't Be Doing

Your state may be opening up, but these activities remain off-limits for the time being.

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With many businesses and public spaces reopening throughout the United States, it's starting to feel like life is slowly but surely getting back to normal amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, while you may soon be able to dine at your favorite restaurant or send your kids to camp again, there are numerous activities the CDC still considers too dangerous to condone. If you want to keep yourself safe, read on to discover which risky activities you shouldn't be participating in while coronavirus is still a threat. And when you do start spending time with other people, make sure you know these 7 Ways to See Your Friends Safely As Lockdown Ends.

1
Travel internationally

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While you may be dreaming of lounging on a tropical beach or hitting the ski slopes on an overseas vacation, it might be some time before you can safely get your passport stamped again. The CDC cautions against taking any nonessential international travel at the moment, citing both travel restrictions in the U.S. and abroad, as well as the potential for international travel to inundate already overburdened medical systems—both stateside and overseas—with new patients.

If you do happen to take a trip overseas, the CDC even recommends staying at home for 14 days and monitoring for symptoms after you return—even if you haven't knowingly made contact with someone sick—to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus to others. And if you want to know how your travel plans may change in the future, check out these 7 Things You May Never See in Airports Ever Again.

2
Take a cruise

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Even if your boat won't dock anywhere outside the U.S., you should consider cruises off-limits for the foreseeable future. The CDC recommends against taking any cruises right now—likely due to the number of seafaring coronavirus hotspots that have popped up recently, with 712 passengers contracting coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, and thousands more testing positive aboard numerous other boats. And for more activities to avoid, These Are the Most Dangerous Summer Activities You Shouldn't Do.

3
Let other people pet your dog

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Thinking of letting your pup play with their pals again? Not so fast. Since cases of coronavirus have been seen in dogs, the CDC recommends keeping your canine companions away from people and pets that don't live in your household for the foreseeable future.

This includes avoiding crowded dog parks, not letting strangers or other dogs come into contact with your four-legged friend, and quarantining your pet at home if they do have an established case of coronavirus. However, while you and your pup should abide by social distancing guidelines while you're out of the house, the CDC recommends that only humans wear face masks on those daily walks.

4
Use playgrounds

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Your kids may be eager to get back to playing on the monkey bars and jungle gyms at your local park, but those playground trips will just have to wait.

The CDC cautions against using playgrounds—including water features like splash pads and sprinklers—due to the high likelihood of contamination and the difficulty of keeping equipment properly sanitized. And for more restrictions, learn which 7 Things Your Kids Will Never Get to Do Again After the Coronavirus.

5
Play organized sports

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Playing a game of soccer or football with those friends you've been missing for months may seem like a relatively safe activity, but the CDC says otherwise.

Even if you're playing outdoors and you can largely keep your distance from others on the field, odds are you'll be within six feet of your fellow players at some point during a game, and touching the same ball as players you don't live with increases your risk of contracting coronavirus or passing it to others. And if you want to know which workout you need to avoid at all costs, discover The One Exercise That Makes Your Coronavirus Risk Skyrocket.

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