MADISON, Wis. – This Monday is the start of the Democratic National Convention. Before the pandemic, this event would have drawn tens of thousands of people to Milwaukee for an entire week of parties and rallies. COVID-19 moved that convention out of Milwaukee and turned it into a virtual-only event, as is the case for the upcoming Republican Convention. Other heavily attended events like Big 10 football and Summerfest have been postponed or cancelled as well. Large gatherings, even outside, remain a major concern for health officials when it comes to containing COVID-19 infections. UW Health officials want to remind the public that the larger and more compact the gathering, the higher the risk of spreading or becoming infected with COVID-19. Very few activities are risk free right now, but some activities are more dangerous and less necessary than others. Tips to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection:
- Keep gatherings small.
- If indoors, wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
- For small, outdoor gatherings, be sure to continue physical distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene.