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Southeast Texas doctor says getting out of the house is important, but risk isn't totally gone

After many spent weeks staying at home, it's important to get out for your mental health

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, all outings carry risk. The more people in less space, the more dangerous.

Dr. Ray Callas, a Beaumont physician, is weighing in about some of the things you should keep in mind while making summer plans.

For now, social distancing is here to stay. You need to keep that in mind with any summer activity, 6 feet from others is crucial.

Also, you need to take into consideration your own personal health.

Are you in a high risk category? Do you have an underlying health condition?

Those questions should factor into you decisions.

When it comes to your mental health, getting out can be good for you.

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"I just think that anything we can do to get people outside out of the monotony that we've been dealing with, with sitting inside our homes, staying at home and isolating ourselves, start incorporating a bike ride, a camping trip with your family," Callas said. 

It's also important to consider that there's no such thing as a zero-risk outing right now. 

Some activities are more risky than others. For example, road trips and time spent on the beach are considered low risk, as long as you social distance from others. A hotel stay is also considered low risk, as long as you choose to avoid crowded restaurants, bars and pools.

Flying on a plane is considered high risk right now, with lots of people in a small space. Going to a concert would also be a higher risk activity for spreading COVID-19.

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