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The US Presidential elections are Tuesday, November 3rd, which means millions of people will be lining up nationwide to cast their vote. During the pandemic, it's important to safeguard yourself against COVID-19. Here are a few things to consider when voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Try to social distance whenever possible. Physical distancing is a key tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You'll have to wait in line to cast vote. Remember to stand 6 feet apart from other individuals in line. Spacing is key to limited the spread of Coronavirus.
Where a mask when you are in public. Masks are a key tool to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 infection. Long lines and large crowds will be present on Election Day, so the risk of COVID-19 transmission is significant. Mask wearing creates a barrier, that is key in significantly the chances of droplet spread.
Bring and use hand sanitizer whenever needed on Election Day. You won't be able to wash your hands, as you'll be waiting in a long line to cast your vote. With that said, bring hand sanitizer, so if you do need to clean your hands, you can simply apply the sanitizer. Try not to touch your face when possible as well, as this will reduce the chance of COVID-19 infection.
It is important to remember, that under normal circumstances, if you are feeling ill, then stay home. This advice remains during Election Day. There will be some people who will not adhere to this advice, as they will want to cast their vote regardless. Be aware of this, as some people in line may indeed be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This is why it is incredibly important to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Voting is incredibly important. Staying safe is equally important. Make sure to follow all proper safety protocols on Election Day. This will help keep you and other voters healthy and minimize the risk of catching COVID-19.