How can I keep my baby safe as COVID-19 restrictions loosen?
As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted across the country, it is still important to be careful when taking your baby into public spaces. All COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan have officially been lifted on June 22, so here are some things to keep in mind to protect your family.
The CDC recently announced that vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks, but businesses can still require masks to be worn inside. If you enter an establishment with your baby and they require masks, it is a good idea to follow their instructions. Masks are still required on all public transportation (buses, trains, etc). Children under 2 years old shouldn’t wear masks for safety reasons, so it’s important for those around them to be as safe as possible.
Along with wearing masks, here are some other habits that can help keep your baby safe:
- Get vaccinated! Babies can get sick with COVID-19. To keep them safe, the adults around your baby can get the COVID-19 vaccine.The more people around your baby that are vaccinated, the better! Find a vaccine site in Detroit.
- Try your best to maintain 6 feet of space in public between other people and your baby.
- Carry hand sanitizer at all times and use it often, especially before holding your baby.
- Wash your hands right after coming home, especially if you are about to feed or hold your baby.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Keep surfaces (counters, doorknobs, etc.) sanitized.
- If you’re sick, wear a mask at home.
- Keep taking your baby to doctor’s appointments and get them their recommended vaccines. Doctor’s offices are making sure it is safe to come for your appointments.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that small habits can go a long way to protect our families’ health. By taking these steps, you can keep your baby as safe as possible.