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By now, you probably know that the holidays will look quite different this year than in times past. Unfortunately, COVID-19 doesn’t seem to care that we cherish this special time with our families, and it appears the pandemic will remain in full swing at least through the winter months. This means that we all have important decisions to make when it comes to gathering with our loved ones for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and other holidays on the horizon.
The good news is that there are some simple ways to reduce your risks of contracting coronavirus if you choose to travel to see your family and/or friends. And thanks to technology, you can even enjoy the holidays from afar if you choose not to travel and/or attend a large gathering in person. Below, we’ve listed some tips for making the most of the holidays while staying safe during the pandemic—from giving gifts to using video chat apps:
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When deciding what to do for the holidays this year, one of your first steps should be to discuss it with the family members with whom you would normally celebrate. You might feel comfortable gathering with other family members, but perhaps someone else in your family doesn’t feel the same way. Make sure everyone is on the same page.
Before finalizing any plans, take a step back, and honestly evaluate the situation. Are you certain that people in your immediate family have taken all the necessary precautions leading up to the holiday event? What about the family members you will be meeting? Will you be seeing grandparents and great-grandparents or other family members who are at a higher risk of problems associated with COVID-19?
If you want to travel to see loved ones over the holidays, try to keep it within a short distance if possible. Driving presents the fewest potential dangers, and if you must fly, try to take short flights where your exposure will be limited.
When celebrating with a group of people, it’s best to do it outside if possible. Along with staying six feet apart and wearing a mask, congregating outdoors significantly lowers the risks of spreading and contracting coronavirus.
There are other precautions to consider when celebrating with family over the holidays. For instance, ensure there is adequate brazildining in your home if you are hosting (or in whatever house you will be visiting). Also, frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, and keep disinfectant spray/wipes nearby at all times.
Finally, the absolute safest way to keep everyone in your family safe this year is to spend time together from afar. Video chat apps like Zoom, FaceTime, and Google Meet make this possible. Obviously, this will look different than in previous years, but you can still hold parties, swap recipes, and do other activities over video chat that will help you maintain some family traditions.
This strange year is concluding with what can be expected to be holidays that are much different in form than many of us are used to. When deciding on whether to travel, get together in person, or celebrate from afar, make sure everyone in your family is on the same page, and remember to take every precaution possible. After all, staying safe and healthy will be the greatest gift that we can receive this year!
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