Perhaps the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was never more literally applicable than during the 2020 holiday season. We all need some holiday cheer, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to encourage people to seek safer, more socially distanced ways to celebrate to try to reduce transmission of the virus. To help healthcare providers support a safer holiday, we've created a template you can use to share best practices with your patients. Use all or some of the content below in emails, text messages, your website, and social media. You can also download this content as a Word file here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising the public not to travel or congregate with others this holiday season. They recommend considering how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, family, and community healthy and safe. Below is some important information for the CDC about holiday safety.
As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase across the United States, the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread.
Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.
Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.
The safest thing to do is to stay home, but if you do decide to travel, testing can help you do so more safely. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but it can help make travel safer.
If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.
Get Your Flu Shot
Gatherings can contribute to the spread of other infectious diseases. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family's health this season. Flu vaccines are useful any time during the flu season and can often be accessed into January or later.
Household and Family Time
The hard choices to be apart this year may mean that you can spend many more years with your loved ones later on. Do what is best for your health and the health of your loved ones. This year spend time with those in your own household. For more safety information and alternative holiday celebration ideas for this unique year, click here.
Once again, we all want a little holiday revelry. We just need to make sure we are encouraging patients to take extra precautions this season to spread holiday cheer while simultaneously avoiding the spread of other less cheerful things.
Download this holiday safety template here.