Celebrating the holidays safely this year

Well, it all started with the Australian bush fires, then Kobe died, and things continued to get worse.

We shut down the economy, overwhelmed the healthcare system, our kids missed school, graduations, sports and basically a year of their childhood.

Then it got worse.

We decided to politicized science.

We started to ignore public health measures and believed conspiracy theories.

All this led to significant morbidity and mortality from the novel virus we now know as COVID 19.

And now we are relearning the Greek alphabet…

I miss Christmas with the in laws or sitting around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends.

More than anything I miss the ability to get on an airplane and fly wherever I want without all the hassles of masks, vaccine cards or travel restrictions.

Fortunately things are getting better…or so I thought.

Things were getting better, then they were not. OMICRON!

We all have COVID fatigue.

But we still need to be safe to protect ourselves and others.

So how do we celebrate this holiday season safely since we are still knee deep in COVID-19?

Wear a mask if you’re not vaccinated

The CDC strongly recommends unvaccinated individuals continue wearing masks.

If you’re eligible for the COVID 19 vaccination, GET VACCINATED!!!

It is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19.

What about children

As of now, kids under the age of 5 are still ineligible for the COVID 19 vaccine although this may change in the near future.

If you have children over the age of 5 that are eligible for the vaccine, GET THEM VACCINATED!!!

What about holiday travel?

If you plan on traveling during the holidays, be prepared.

Check for any rules and restrictions your airline may have.

Wear a mask. All airports and airlines require them, whether you’re vaccinated or not.

Avoid indoor crowds

Exposure to COVID 19, even for those who are vaccinated can lead to a breakthrough infection.

This risk is highest in a crowded setting with poor ventilation.

Get the booster if you’re eligible

A booster shot may or may not be available for you at this time.

But if you are eligible for it, and especially if you’re over the age of 65, get the booster vaccine.

The past 20 months have taken a toll on everyone. It has taxed everything and everyone. So this year, around the holidays, it is especially important to be kind to each other. Let's enjoy the time with our loved ones and do it in a safe manner. We all need a break from learning the Greek alphabet.

Please remember that medical information provided by us must be considered an educational service only. This blog should not be relied upon as medical judgement and does not replace your physician’s independent judgement. This is NOT medical advice. Please seek the advice of your physician.

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