Whether you stay at home or attend a rager plague rave, use this rave scout guide safeguard yourself and your community from COVID-19.





COVID-19


PRECAUTIONARY GUIDELINES



COVID-19 INFORMATION

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COVID-19 affects different people in different ways.
The toll of the disease is almost unfathomable: COVID-19 has killed more than 1 million people in the nine months since it was first reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

There have been more than 33 million cases reported so far—and many more go undocumented. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Coronavirus can be severe, and some cases have caused death. The virus spreads from person to person, which is why these gatherings can be a risk. It is only diagnosed with a laboratory test.

Remember we are all differently vulnerable to the virus and need to be mindful of others. People face different risks than you do, be aware of your actions. Respect is an obligation, not just a courtesy PLUR.




KNOW
YOUR
STATUS

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The symptoms are showing up in people within 14 days of exposure to the virus.  As we gear up to rage, check yourself for these symptoms.


COVID-19 Symptoms Include:


  • Cough
  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • New fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Congestion or runny nose

Take preventive measures to protect yourself and others by getting tested for COVID-19 before you decide to take part in gatherings. This is not only essential but is mandatory.




MASKS

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Masks are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Masks prevent you from getting COVID-19 by 65%. If everyone wears them, it reduces risk by 98.5%. Wear your mask from the tip of your nose down. Masks help to cut down on inhaling pollutants, dust, dander, or getting bodily
fluids from another person.

The very first party masks can be traced all the way back to France in the 1500s when rich people began wearing face masks to go along with their lavish costumes worn as they partied.  The ornate masks gave people the opportunity to really cut loose because no one knew the identity of the person underneath.

The mask trend stuck throughout the centuries, and even now, are worn for fashion, to be able to find your crew, as well as keep out unwanted debris. Wear your mask, it is not only fashionable, but it is also essential.




SOCIAL
DISTANCE

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Social distancing means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Keep your rave family close, but not too close! Social distancing is the safe way to party.




WASH
YOUR
HANDS

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Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next. Polish your gloving skills, and feel the music instead of touching.


Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:


  • Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands
  • Touch a contaminated surface or objects
  • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects


Key times to wash your hands:


  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching garbage


Be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye out for the nearest handwashing station, wash your hands often. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.




TAKE
CAUTION
WHEN
USING
THE TOILET

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A public bathroom is not a safe environment. One area of concern is the air. A flush creates an aerosol spray (the toilet plume), and the virus exists in feces. This is a risk since the virus enters the body through mucous membranes. The bathroom is not the place to congregate, make it quick, and get back to the mix.


The fundamental steps for prevention are:


  • Put a mask on before you enter.
  • Wash your hands immediately after.
  • Wait at least two minutes between uses.
  • Do not touch your face, specifically your mouth, nose, or eyes, before washing.
  • Before you leave, use your foot, elbow (if possible), or a paper towel to open the door, and once outside, spray your hands with a sanitizer.




DON’T
PASS
ITEMS
AROUND

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The virus can also land on surfaces and objects and be transferred by touch. A person may get COVID-19 by touching the surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Chances are your behavior is going to get more relaxed as time goes by at any function you decide to attend. As you ease into the atmosphere, remind yourself not to share any sort of item (beverages, food, phones, etc.) with strangers, friends, or loved ones alike. If absolutely necessary, disinfect the item before sharing it with others.




LEAVE
YOUR
HOME
PREPaRED

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Prepare ahead of time and be sure to carry extra sanitizer, sanitary wipes, and additional masks as it may accidentally break or get lost. Have fun, enjoy the lights, and feel the music. Follow all these guidelines and you will take steps in preventing the spread of COVID-19.




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