'Tis the Season to be Safe
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. The state of Utah wants everyone to have a great holiday season. The safest holiday gathering is with those who live in your home. If you are planning winter holiday activities or a gathering, we have some tips and recommendations to keep you and your family safe and to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Tips to keep you safe during the holiday season
We all know that someone can be asymptomatic. You never know when you could expose yourself to COVID-19, so you have to be careful ALWAYS. That means being aware that the more people you hang out with, the closer you are to each other, and the longer it lasts, the higher the risk is of exposing yourself to COVID-19.
We need to be careful around everyone, including extended family and friends. Keep wearing masks and physical distancing, because the last thing you want is to be the turkey who gets everyone sick.
There are some situations where you should not host or attend gatherings this holiday season. The situations include if you:
- Have symptoms of COVID-19 or are sick
- Are waiting for COVID-19 test results
- Tested positive for COVID-19 and should be in isolation
- Were exposed to COVID-19 and should be quarantined
- If you are at higher risk for severe illness or live with someone who is at higher risk, it is especially important to take extra precautions, avoid large gatherings, and make this holiday season the safest you can
Gobble gobble – but safely
We get it, the only thing on your mind during this time of year is your favorite Thanksgiving dish and how much of it you’ll be able to eat. Everyone should be wearing masks when indoors and while they’re not actively eating or drinking. Try spreading butter on your rolls this year instead of spreading COVID-19 to your loved ones!
Fewer people, more pie for you!
It doesn’t even have to be pie, but if there’s one good reason to hoard your favorite food during the holiday season this year, it’s to stop the spread of COVID-19. Keep the guest list small and let the gourd times roll!
Go the physical distance
You might already be going the distance in every way possible during the holidays (annual 5k run, eating more than ever before, online shopping until you’re broke, etc.), but we have one more for you. 6 feet people!! Physical distancing and reduced contact minimizes the risk of spreading COVID-19 to those around you.
Chill with the snowmen this year
You already know what time it is: time to eat outside! That’s right, if the weather won’t chill you (jk but yeah no frostbite please) then maybe consider having your holiday gathering outside. Indoor gatherings can be risky, so remember to physical distance and masks should be worn inside AND outside! You can also improve ventilation by opening up windows.
Keep it short and sweet
Avoid the unnecessary conversations with extended family this year by limiting the time you’re around others! Not only will it save you from some awkward interactions, but it will help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to your loved ones.
Get it? Because the flu is also a thing. COVID-19 isn’t the only disease that can spread during the holidays. An easy way to prevent the spread of the flu this season is for you and others to get the flu shot. This is more important than ever right now! Because hospitals need the space for COVID-19 patients, so reducing the spread of the flu will be a huuuuge help.
Wash your hands
Really, you should always wash your hands anyways, but don’t forget to do it during the holiday season! Everyone should wash their hands when they first arrive and before they eat. Hand sanitizer is cool too, just make sure that it has at least 60% alcohol.
No touchy things
This includes, but is not limited to: touchy subjects, touchy people, and touchy surfaces. Reduce the spread of COVID-19 by mindfully following good hygiene practices when preparing your meals and eating, and keep the sharing of surfaces to the bare minimum.
Coping with the holidays and COVID-19
The holiday season can be a time of happiness. With COVID-19, it may also add stress and a reminder of how the world has changed.
The Utah Strong Recover Project is here to offer you free support. Counselors are available to talk through your anxiety, loneliness or worry. Available daily 7am – 7pm.
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