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The fall surge of COVID-19 cases is happening as predicted. Cold weather has driven many gatherings indoors, which is not the safest place to be with a group during a pandemic.
Unfortunately, the winter holidays are all about gathering with people we don’t often see, typically talking and laughing over a family-style shared meal.
How can we make the most of the holidays while also embracing public health recommendations to avoid spreading coronavirus?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has categorized activities as lower, moderate and higher risk.
Lower-risk activities include:
Moderate-risk activities focus on gathering outdoors, such as outdoor meals and watching sports outdoors.
Higher-risk holiday activities include:
Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones. Shorter events are safer than longer ones.
Travel is also an important consideration. Where are people coming from to attend your holiday gathering, and what is the positivity rate in their home community? Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread increases the risk that someone could be infected.
While the CDC advises people to limit the number of guests you have over and to only host people who live in your household if possible, they offer these safety precautions for those who plan to gather with people from outside your household:
As always, make sure you protect yourself and others by:
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