Story by: Norton Healthcare on December 18, 2020
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We all feel the temptation to gather with family and friends during the holidays.
The recent spike in COVID-19 cases doesn’t mean there aren’t some safer ways to stay connected and keep some holiday traditions going.
“This holiday season, we’ll have to be more intentional about taking steps to improve our mental wellness,” said Crystal D. Narcisse, M.D., internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Hurstbourne.
“Plan your holidays using video like Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger — there are plenty of options — rather than getting together in person. Plan a drive-by visit to wave, shout and honk while keeping a safe distance.”
You can celebrate with members of your own household, but inviting others for a holiday dinner would be especially dangerous this year.
Hosting a large gathering presents multiple opportunities to increase risk of coronavirus spread. There’s travel, behavior of attendees before and during the gathering, the duration of the get-together, poor ventilation indoors and numerous other factors that make large groups dangerous.
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Among the tips offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Given the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, it’s just not a good idea to invite guests outside of your immediate household this year. However, if you are going to host within your state and local requirements, here are some ways to help protect your guests.
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