Since September 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an upward trend in new COVID-19 infections in the U.S. Further research indicates that COVID-19 infections and deaths may increase this winter, likely due to cold temperatures that favor most respiratory viruses, as reported by National Public Radio (NPR). Because of this, you should not let your guard down, even as you celebrate the winter holidays. Here is a look at some safe ways to celebrate the holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Limit Attending Public Gatherings
On average, about 45% of Americans attend private parties and 12% attend public gatherings during the holidays, as reported by Statista. Similarly, the average American spends about 15 hours attending holiday parties, as per the Consumer Reports National Research Centers (CRNRC). The bad news is that such parties will be a fertile ground for transmission of the COVID-19 virus this holiday season, and you should limit attending them. Alternatively, hold a small gathering at home, preferably with only your close family members to lower the rate of transmission of the virus.
Reach Out to Your Loved Ones
Because of the risks of COVID-19 transmission, it is not a good idea for you to travel to see your loved ones this holiday season. Nevertheless, you can still reach out to them through alternative means such as phone calls and online virtual meeting sites. In general, staying in isolation for many weeks can harm both your mental and physical health, as reported by the American Psychological Association (APA). To stay safe this holiday while also connecting with others, participate in virtual family gatherings and dinners.
Eat Healthy Meals
According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes more than 4,000 calories in a single holiday, with most of the calories coming from alcohol and junk food. This holiday, you should strive to eat healthy meals, such as beans, fruits, seafood, eggs, and nuts, to boost your immunity. Apart from eating healthily, you should also stay physically active, avoid tobacco, and prioritize your mental health, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Take Precautions While Attending Parties
At some point, you may need to attend a small party, whether at home or at a neighbor’s. When you do, adhere to COVID-19 precautions to minimize the rate of transmission of the virus. For instance, maintain social distance, sanitize your hands, and wear a mask. You should also avoid touching your eyes and nose, and always cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneezing or coughing, as per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Above all, stay at home if you are sick.
These are some of the safe ways to celebrate the holidays during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For extra peace of mind, purchase the right health insurance. If you want to learn more about health insurance policies, contact the experts at First Insurance Solutions. We will assist you with all of your coverage needs.