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With the holidays quickly approaching, you are likely wondering if it is possible to celebrate with people outside of your immediate household safely. The Doctors break down the risks and share what to do to keep yourself as safe as possible from COVID-19.
Physician Dr. Jen Caudle says depending on where you are located, what the transmissions rates of the virus in your region are, and the risk factors of the people considering gathering (are they older or have health issues?) -- you might want to consider not participating in any celebrations outside of your immediate household.
She says she is not seeing her extended family this holiday season, but shares how people who are going to see their family can possibly minimize their risk. She suggests:
- Quarantining before and after seeing others
- Getting a COVID test before you go
- Wearing a mask when around others
- Avoiding large gatherings
- Eating your meals outside
- Use single-serving dishes and avoid sharing utensils
She stresses things like wearing masks and frequent handwashing are still vital in the fight against COVID and she notes that getting your flu shot will also help.
If you are considering flying, she says to contact the airline to find out what precaution they are taking, choose the window seat to limit contact with others, use disinfectant wipes to clean your seat and tray table, bring your food and drink and maintain social distancing when possible.