To date, nearly 300,000 Americans have died from the Covid-19 pandemic, and the numbers continue to rise. As a result, many of us are reconsidering how to handle the holiday season this year.
But fortunately, by following these safety tips, you can keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible.
1. Reconsider Traveling
While traditionally the holidays have been a time to spend with family and friends, that may not be the best choice this year, especially if you have to travel far.
Fortunately, flying in airplanes is surprisingly safe. The air filtration system keeps the air pure. However, airports themselves can be dangerous since so many people from all across the country come into contact with one another.
Car travel could be safer, but you’ll still be in contact with various people along the road at gas stations and rest stops, and you risk exposure.
The safest thing you can do is to stay home. However, personal relationships are important for a long and happy life. If you decide to travel anyway, here are a few tactics to keep you safe.
2. Keep Your Distance
If you do decide to travel, avoid crowded public places, and keep six feet when you come in contact with other people.
Keeping six feet between you and others helps prevent the spread of the virus. With distance, it’s less likely that a contaminated person can spread the disease to someone new.
3. Carry Hand Sanitizer
And use it liberally. Anytime you touch something someone else might have touched, use the hand sanitizer to kill the germs.
Breath and physical contact are the two most common ways germs spread. Any time a contaminated person touches their mouth or nose, they can spread the germs to their hands, and onto any surface they touch.
So when you touch those same surfaces, then rub your eyes or mouth or nose, you transfer the germs directly to your body.
But by regularly sanitizing, and washing your hands, you can prevent infection, and you can avoid spreading it to others.
4. Wear a Mask
Since the virus rides on moisture droplets when you breathe and speak, a mask traps those droplets close to its source. This keeps them from spreading onto other surfaces and contaminating other people.
If you’re going to be around others, a mask is the best way you can protect them in case you’re a carrier.
5. Get Tested
Many areas now offer free testing. It’s smart to get a covid test before you travel. Be careful however, the tests still aren’t full proof. If you’re infected, but early in the infection cycle, a test can come back negative, but you can still transmit the disease.
Even still, testing is a smart idea to catch as many cases as possible before you travel.
Follow These Safety Tips This Holiday Season
These safety tips can help you protect yourself and your family this holiday season. During the covid pandemic, it’s everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to help keep us all safe.
Have a healthy and happy holiday season!
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