The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have left many of us feeling isolated and alone. This has led to a mental health crisis that coincided with the pandemic. As we try to see friends and family again to restore normalcy to our lives and improve our spirits, it is important to still be mindful of the ongoing pandemic and be safe. Let’s look at how we can host safe private events during Covid-19.
Tips for hosting safe private events during Covid-19
Safe private events are possible with some practical precautions.
- When traveling to gatherings, it is recommended that guests wear a mask on public transportation and wait until vaccinated, if possible. Both of these precautions will help to reduce the transmission of the virus and will keep them and others safe.
- At a small gathering or party, it is important to still wear masks and social distance if you will be inside or interacting with people from different households. Vaccinated individuals might feel compelled to ignore all other guidelines, but remember, vaccines aren’t 100% effective, and other people around them might not be fully vaccinated. Therefore, the CDC only recommends that guests can go maskless if everyone attending has been vaccinated.
- Gatherings should be held outside or in well-ventilated areas so that the virus won’t build up in the air around the guests, increasing the risk of transmission.
- Anyone who is Covid-19 positive or has been in close contact with a positive individual should not attend the gathering.
- Anyone who thinks they may have the Covid-19 virus should get a Covid test to check, even if they have been vaccinated. The Delta variant is more contagious than previous variants, and breakthrough infections are both expected and possible.
Why safety precautions are still important
It is easy to think that the pandemic is behind us and that we don’t need to worry anymore. However, the Covid-19 virus has been shown to mutate. There is now a more contagious variant of the virus called the Delta variant, which even vaccinated people can get.
Because of this more contagious variant and any other variants that might follow, it is important to still follow safety precautions until the population has reached herd immunity.
Types of Covid-19 tests
If someone is worried that they have the virus and wants to confirm with a test, there are three main types they can choose from. They can get a RT-PCR test, rapid PCR test, or a rapid antigen test.
- RT-PCR tests use a technology called the polymerase chain reaction and are the most accurate, but they must be sent off to a lab to be analyzed, which can take several days.
- Rapid PCR tests use similar technology to the RT-PCR, but they can be processed onsite and provide results in 30 minutes or less.
- Rapid Antigen tests look for proteins on the virus and can return results in 15 minutes. However, they are slightly less accurate than PCR tests.
Party or event attendees should be aware of these tests and know if they need to take one. It is important for them to communicate with hosts if they are waiting on test results.
Onsite Testing For Your Private Event
While it’s possible to host private parties and events again, it’s still important to stay safe. Drip Hydration can help you do that. We offer onsite Covid-19 rapid PCR tests and rapid antigen tests that can be administered to your guests at the door.
With these quick and convenient tests, you can prevent the virus from entering your party so that everyone can celebrate with peace of mind. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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