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We’re at the start of summer 2021, and now that the U.S. is reopening following a year of social distancing, many people are planning their first vacations in more than a year. Still, though the pressing threat of COVID-19 might be diminishing, there are still numerous health risks that might threaten you during your travels. They might prove serious if you don’t take proper precautions. 

How can you keep yourself safe during your summer vacation? How can you seek care if an unforeseen health issue arises during your travels? 

Common Summer Health Risks 

When traveling this summer, you will probably encounter a lot more people than you have been around in the last year. You might also encounter a few safety risks that are less related to COVID-19, and more related to environmental and social hazards. These might include risks of: 

  • Animal or bug bites, as well as insect stings. These bring with them threats of infection, allergic reaction and more. 

  • Sunburn, sun poisoning, heat stroke and other reactions that might lead to significant internal and external injury. 

  • Dehydration due to elevated physical activity and humidity present during the summer. 

  • Sports injuries like broken bones, stress injuries and more. 

  • Breathing issues related to poor air quality and elevated humidity. 

  • Water-related injuries 

Not to mention, standard health risks can beckon at any time of the year, not just during the winter. So, how do you lower your risk of getting sick? 

Preventing Summer Illness 

You probably don’t think a lot about illness when you head out for a day of fun in the sun. Still, you should always take practical steps to keep yourself safe and healthy. 

Keep sunscreen, bug spray, hats, water, snacks and other items on hand as needed. Use these items to fend off sunburn, dehydration, low blood sugars and bug bites. If you ever start feeling unwell, you can likely take simple steps to protect yourself. As always, don't forget to wash your hands, eat a balanced diet and get plenty of sleep. 

Still, if you plan special activities, think about the safety precautions you need to take. Will you need equipment like helmets or harnesses? Should you avoid certain activities if you have special health needs? By making an effort to participate safely, you can likely go about your business with few worries. 

Should the worst come to the worst, and you need to seek medical attention, then don’t hesitate to turn to your health insurance. Most plans offer extensive coverage networks, and it is likely that you will be able to find covered care even at your vacation destination (provided you are not traveling internationally). To learn more about how to get the critical care you need while traveling, contact your plan’s provider. 

If you need to seek medical attention this summer, turn to your health insurance plan. It will usually cover some or all the costs receiving care, with a few exceptions. If you ever have questions about where to get care, contact our agency or the insurance company. 
Posted 10:53 AM

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