Have you made your plans for this year’s holiday season? If not, you’ll definitely have some ideas after reading this post!
With the holiday season around the corner, it’s really difficult to stay calm. But we shouldn’t forget that Coronavirus is still around us, and we have to be cautious while celebrating. And it’s not just us who thinks this way. Health experts agree.
Don’t believe us? Well, read on.
Dr. Anthony’s thoughts on Thanksgiving 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID’s director, said in an interview that with thanksgiving just a month away, there’s a possibility that family dinners could escalate the spread of the virus. He jokingly said that none of us would like to play the Grinch and steal the others’ holiday!
He further explained that if people get together to celebrate holidays, there’ll be consequences which won’t be good for the future.
By giving an example, he explained that if we have an infected guest at our house, he/she could unknowingly infect two, three more guests, or, in extreme cases, all of them.
So do we have to give up on the celebrations?
Well, actually, not. If we take precautions, there are numerous ways in which we can have a safe holiday season. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated various activities according to the risk they carry. Have a look.
- Consider having dinner with your immediate family (people in your house) only.
- Opt for online shopping rather than visiting stores.
- Deliver food to your neighbors who are more vulnerable to the virus and avoid any kind of contact while doing so.
- Stay in touch with your loved ones through video calls.
These activities are moderately risky:
- Attending less populated events
- Having dinner with neighbors
Highly risky activities that you should absolutely avoid
- Visiting overcrowded shops.
- Attending large gatherings at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
- Having too much alcohol or any other drug as these can result in a cloudy judgment and increase the risk of contracting the virus.
If you’re still not convinced and want to host a party anyway, for the sake of all those who’ll attend, please make sure that you take appropriate precautions. William Schaffner, professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, says that if someone has been meeting a group on an on-and-off basis and has formed a safe bubble with them, then they can celebrate with them.
So, all we’re saying is…
It’s a humble request – please don’t risk your life in order to enjoy it for a few hours. We can celebrate many more holiday seasons if we stay alive. TBH, the world has suffered enough. For the holiday season to stay the “happy” time of the year, it’s critical that we exercise due diligence.