Stay Safer This Holiday Season

Nov 19, 2021 | COVID 19, Seasonal

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COVID-19 remains a concern as we enter another holiday season during this pandemic. Proper precautions to prevent the spread of infection are just as important as they’ve ever been.

The coronavirus and influenza can spread easily at the sort of large indoor gatherings people look forward to at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Busy shopping malls, crowded airports and large indoor meals can be risky places and activities. Anytime people are in close extended contact with others not in their household raises infection risk.

Most forms of travel can make it easier for infection to spread. As well as busy airports and bus stations, long car rides with frequent stops are risky because travelers are put in contact with many different people. And if the destination includes gathering with family or friends at someone’s house, infection can spread there as well.

The good news is there are some things you can do to manage or minimize infection risks over the holiday season. The following tips and guidance can help you and your family stay safe.

1. Get Vaccinated

Encourage those you’ll celebrate with to do the same. This is the first holiday season we have safe and effective, widely available vaccines against COVID-19 for people ages 5 and older.

2. Take extra precautions while traveling

    • Wear a mask at all times

      • Keep your distance

      • Minimize contact with others during stops on long drives

3. Readjust your holiday gathering

      • Plan for smaller gatherings with friends and family who live near you and have been following safe practices

      • Consider cooking and delivering a meal to a neighbor or friend who may be alone

      • Plan a virtual holiday and eat all together via Zoom

4. Shop Safer

      • Plan ahead to avoid crowds

      • Shop online if necessary

      • Think about gifts in a different way – can you give experiences or other consumables that don’t require purchase at a store?

Throughout 2021 we have continued to adapt and adjust the ways we gather and socialize. We’ve learned that we can still gather and celebrate safely by taking precautions. By remaining mindful of the highly infectious nature of coronavirus, we can still enjoy the things we love about the holidays.

Find more detailed guidance at these CDC links:

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a personal choice, but it is a safe choice that can make your holidays safer. Schedule your vaccine or booster. We are in it to end it.

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