Despite a critical warning from the CDC millions of Americans are traveling and have already traveled for the holiday season. As a result, states like CA are already seeing dramatic spikes in COVID-19 positive cases. Other states are expected to follow suit within days —- and it is widely being called one of the most dark days ahead for America because people aren’t listening.
If you absolutely must travel or are seeing increased exposure to others this holiday season — this guide will help you and others (hopefully they’ll listen to common sense) stay safe with you and your loved ones.
- You should most definitely still be wearing a mask.
Let’s keep it real people. Younger folks have a slightly better chance of survival than someone who is 50; slightly overweight, and likely has a host of other health issues. When you’re home with your family — you should probably try and stay away from the elders as much as possible and even ask if festivities can be hosted in a place like the garage where there is more space or in the backyard.
Remember: older folks have a much higher chance of dying although young folks can still die also. For the sake of your grandparents; parents, and the like —- please take the precautions so that this is not the final holiday season they will ever enjoy with their families.
2. REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED HOME.
The Coronavirus is believed to be able to survive on surfaces and therefore hands should be washed frequently. Ensure that your families have wipes; sanitizers, and soaps in the house to account for hte increase in heads floating around. Remember to wash your hands for at least 15-20 seconds.
3. If possible — spread out in the living room so you’re not entirely on top of each other.
Have some people sit on the couch; have others sit in chairs set up in the living room, and have the kids spread out on the floor. If you or someone else exhibits sign of being sick or a cold — it is probably best to be as far as possible and in the event of a full cold put them in another room.
*Masks should be worn over the nose and not below.
4. Assuming you’ll be home throughout the holidays…
Be sure to be prepared for everybody’s arrival if it is absolutely going to happen. Make sure you’re scrubbing your home or apartment and bleaching spots that are high-traffic. I typically try to bleach doorknobs; the entry way, and most surfaces. Of course, remember to dilute it first.
Other helpful tips:
*Wash your food and such with water as you normally would to ensure you’re safe in the kitchen.
*Always disinfect and clean your counters after usess especially while cooking for others.