As we approach the 2020 holiday season, it is important to be safe while celebrating. Health officials are concerned that holiday celebrations may lead to more coronavirus infections. Over 200,000 Americans are testing positive for the virus each day. The safest way to celebrate this holiday season is to do so with those who live in your home. Celebrating with those outside of your household can increase the chances of spreading or contracting COVID-19.
This year has been difficult and stressful for everyone, and although many people would love to have large holiday gatherings with family and friends, it is important to prevent spreading the virus the best we can.
Tips for a Safer Holiday:
- Consider staying home
- This may not be the year for traveling to see family members, especially if gatherings would include older relatives, or those at high risk.
- Don’t mix households
- When people from outside of your household join yours, this opens up new opportunities to spread the virus
- Protect yourself, and help protect those around you
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Social distance
The CDC offers more tips here on how to enjoy the holidays while protecting yourself and those around you from getting or spreading COVID-19.
When Can I Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and members of the Massachusetts Government Administration have formed a timeline regarding the distribution of the vaccine. There are phases for the vaccine distribution in order of priority. Please visit the Mass Gov website to stay up to date on news regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.