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Cleveland Clinic shares summer camp safety tips

Paul Krasinic

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CLEVELAND, OH - The return of summer camps is exciting news for many campers, but some parents may still be concerned about COVID-19. Don't worry, a Cleveland Clinic pediatrician has some tips on how to keep your kids safe this summer.

Due to safety standards, many summer camps were compelled to close their doors last year as a result of the pandemic. But now that the Center for Disease Control has established guidelines for camps, they started to roll out again this year.

“I would really look at the safety guidelines on a camp-to-camp basis and trust your gut. If you feel like the camp is able to do a good job and you feel comfortable sending them, it’s time to try to start doing those things again. If you don’t feel good about it, maybe it’s not the right time to do it,” said Gina Robinson, MD, pediatrician for Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

If you are planning to send your child to camp, make sure you talk to them about following safety protocol. There are certain guidelines and protocols you need to follow.

The CDC recommended all staff and participants of summer camps be vaccinated immediately. Anyone who is not vaccinated yet, should still wear a mask and follow the protocols. Social distancing is also encouraged.

If your child has a chronic medical condition or has a weak immune system, you should keep them safe at home this year. If your child has not yet been immunized, now is a good time to start.

“I would encourage everyone to think about the fact that we want to try to get back to normal, number one, and the best way to do that is to get as many people as possible vaccinated. We also want to reduce the number of people who are getting sick and dying potentially with COVID unnecessarily,” she said.

It would be better to limit your child's interactions and isolate them for two weeks before they go to the summer camps. This way, you could avoid the possibility of your child contracting COVID or another illness and spread it to other kids.

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