Tips on how to celebrate holidays in a safe way | MCU Times

Tips on how to celebrate holidays in a safe way

SAN DIEGO – Halloween is an annual favorite of Damian Skibes’ family.

“Being able to dress scary and get the kids ready is always a lot of fun,” he said.

About two weeks before the holiday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday published new guidelines on health protection aimed at keeping families safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Board of Health urges eligible residents to be vaccinated, especially as “many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays” displays a CDC press release.

“Anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated, please be vaccinated,” said Dr. Jyotu Sandhu, a family physician at Sharp HealthCare. “Because you do it for yourself, your family, the children and also everyone else around them.”

In general, the latest CDC guidance calls for protecting those who are not eligible to be vaccinated, such as young children. The agency recommends that well-fitting masks be worn indoors over the nose and mouth of the unvaccinated as well as in indoor public environments in communities with significant to high transmission.

Other recommendations include avoiding overcrowded and poorly ventilated areas; Avoid hosting or attending meetings if you feel sick and be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms occur.

Skibes said this year marks “a very big change” from last year and that his family fully intends to take advantage of the area’s fun fall parties.

“We look forward to the holidays every year,” he said, “whether the whole pandemic is going on or not. It’s just a time to get together and everyone’s fine.”

If you are considering traveling for a vacation or event, you can visit CDCs Trip page to help you decide what’s best for you and your family. The CDC still recommends delaying the trip until you are fully vaccinated.

“Since COVID has fallen, we feel (safer) when people are outdoors,” Sandhu said, “and participated in trick-or-treat, practicing social distancing, and making sure that if they are gathered in areas that are very close wearing a mask – and keep social distance and make sure to be outside with proper ventilation. ”

The CDC Guide also provides recommendations for those who require special consideration. Among them:

  • People who have a condition or are taking medication that weakens their immune system may not be fully protected even though they are fully vaccinated and have received extra dose. They should continue to take everything recommended precautions for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitting mask, until otherwise advised by their doctor.
  • You can choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk of serious illness or is unvaccinated.
  • If you are gathering with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, you may want to consider additional precautions (e.g., avoid crowded indoor spaces before traveling, take a test) before gathering to further reduce the risk.
  • DO NOT put a mask on children under 2 years of age.


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