Story by: Norton Healthcare on November 19, 2020
One thing COVID-19 has taught us is that we don’t need to be physically together to be together. Virtual celebrations are an ideal way to catch up with those who live both near and far.
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While there is no way to ensure complete safety from the virus when gathering with others, you can lessen the risk by taking some precautions.
This is not the season to take chances on the flu.
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Additional tips for safer gatherings
Have honest conversations with family and friends about the importance of safety and your level of comfort.
Limit get-togethers to 10 people or fewer (or current state guidelines) and gather with those with whom you are most comfortable. If you wish to be around only those who follow social distancing and safety guidelines in their daily lives, be sure to share that with your loved ones.
Gather outside whenever possible.
If a gathering makes you uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to decline or leave.
Respect others’ choices. Don’t be offended if people approach gatherings differently than you do.
Wear a mask to protect those around you. Make sure the mask fits closely around your nose and mouth. Masks are not recommended for children under age 2.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before you eat and as often as possible.
Carry hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and use it after touching objects or other people. Supervise young children who are using hand sanitizer.
Stay home if you feel sick.
Consider self-isolating for two weeks before the gathering to lessen your chance of becoming infected and infecting others. This is especially important if you will be with people who are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19.