How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season

This year many people are planning on spending Thanksgiving and the other upcoming holidays with family and friends. After a year where many didn’t feel safe to gather in groups for the holidays because of COVID-19, this year carries extra weight. Not just because of the past missed year, but, also, because COVID-19 is still a very real threat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined steps for staying as safe as possible this holiday season.

The number one suggestion from the CDC is to get your vaccination. This is the best way to protect yourself and those around you that are not eligible for the vaccine, such as small children, or those that have not been vaccinated. Follow the CDC’s guidelines on how to go about getting vaccinated or reading up on the vaccine.

If you’re going to be in a smaller area inside then it is best to wear well-fitting masks over your mouth and nose if you are unvaccinated. It’s always safer to gather outside rather than inside, avoid crowded areas, and avoid smaller, poorly ventilated indoor areas. Make sure that if you come into contact with someone who’s sick or if you feel any symptoms that you get yourself tested as soon as possible.

During these times when groups of people come together, there are always going to be individuals that have compromised or weakened immune systems. They, as well as the people around them, should take as many precautions as possible to ensure their safety. If people are traveling from different parts of the United States or from different countries across the world it’s safest to take additional precautions, such as having everyone take a COVID-19 test ahead of time.

Through our work together we can ensure a safe holiday season for everyone involved. Even though you might not be worried or be at risk, someone you love might be.

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