With the holidays approaching, it’s up to each of us to do everything possible to keep COVID-19 from reaching our family members.
Most local cases stem from social gatherings such as parties, barbecues, etc. People get infected in these settings, and then they end up spreading the virus to others at home or work — who then infect their own household members, and so on. It is a vicious cycle that can be stopped by practicing the tenets we all know:
--Limit your interactions to one or two other households
--Stay at least 6 feet from people who don’t live with you
--Wearing a facial covering when shopping or visiting people who are not in your household
--STAY HOME WHEN SICK
--Wash your hands as much as possible
Thanksgiving is the next big celebration. State and local health officials encourage limiting the number of households you gather with and perhaps even engage in virtual celebrations. However, we understand many will continue to host large traditional dinners. If that’s the case, there are things you can do in the two weeks leading up to the holiday that will make this special time safer for everyone.
Starting this Thursday, Nov. 12, through Thanksgiving, be hyper-diligent in protecting yourself against infection – social distancing, wearing your facial covering, not attending social gatherings, and working hard to not get sick. It is equally important to encourage those who are attending your Thanksgiving gathering to do the same. That way when you all get together to celebrate, you will all feel safer.