Article and graphic by Andreas Petersen
As the holiday season approaches, the risk of getting COVID-19 has increased as people continue to gather together in close quarters. Even if you are vaccinated, there is still a possibility to get the Delta variant. This variant is twice as contagious as the original virus, so be cautious during the winter season; because many people are going to be traveling to visit family and friends. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided some COVID-19 precautions you can use through this holiday season, ensuring your safety and the safety of the people around you.
A few precautions the CDC advises you to follow are protecting those not yet eligible for vaccination; such as young children, by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated. Also wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated. Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission. Try to avoid crowded, poorly ventilated species; outdoor is safer than indoors. Also don’t host or attend a gathering if you are sick or have symptoms.
Other precautions you can follow in order to lower the risk of getting exposed to COVID-19 are washing your hands, not touching unnecessary things and changing/cleaning your mask. When you’re out in public, it is important to refrain from touching many things since several people may have touched it before you. This is especially important during Christmas shopping as many people touch products daily while shopping, unaware that several other people may have touched that very same thing before.
Hand sanitizer can be used before and after going out in case of any exposure to contaminated surfaces. Along with refraining from touching your face and washing hands, your chances of getting COVID-19 are reduced.
These precautions also apply if you’re traveling, as being on a plane has an even higher risk of being exposed.
Whatever way you plan to spend the holiday season, just be careful and follow these precautions. By doing so the chance of having a “normal” Christmas with friends and family might be possible. You’ll be able to hand out with loved ones without the threat of COVID-19 hanging over you.