Tips For A Safer Holiday Season
With the holiday season in full swing, people are gathering together again to reconnect with loved ones. However, data suggests another spike in cases of COVID-19 is likely. Extra precautions are still needed to slow the spread of the virus and its more contagious variants. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together some tips for a safer holiday season.
Incorporate as many layers of protection as possible at your holiday gatherings to keep all of your attendees safe. Consider the following options:
- Keep things small, especially if you invite seniors or people who are immunocompromised.
- Celebrate outdoors, or socially distanced indoors, to lower the chance of transmission.
- Have conversations with others about their vaccination status before you see them, and set boundaries ahead of time.
- Get a flu shot. The CDC estimates that flu shots in the U.S. reduce the risk of illness for 40-60% of the population.
Family and friends are what make our holiday traditions special, so we must do everything we can to keep them safe. Click here for a list of the CDC’s other recommendations.
The vaccine remains the most effective tool in the fight against COVID-19. For more information, visit the VI Department of Health’s resource page, the CDC’s Vaccine FAQ page, and the Johns Hopkins guide for fully vaccinated individuals. By following the advice of the experts, you and your family can have a safer holiday season!