According to the CDC, COVID-19 danger will rise for the holidays

COVID-19 has served as a persistent cause of controversy and stress for almost a full year now. The coronavirus is not the only thing relevant right now, the holiday season is also here. And the travelling everyone is doing to see their loved ones might spell a serious problem.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has speculated that the travelling and gathering for the holidays increases the risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19.

“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,” said the CDC in their article under “Your Health” on their official website titled “Celebrating Thanksgiving.”

In their article, “COVID-19: Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings” the CDC broadens their advice to the entirety of the holiday season, which includes the holidays of late fall and winter, like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.

“Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.”

As per usual, small gatherings, mask-wearing, and social-distancing are recommended, along with conforming to the COVID-19 regulations put in place by the local authorities.

Virtual gatherings are a solutions to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Use applications like Discord, Zoom, Apple FaceTime, and just regular group phone calls to hang out with family members for the holidays.

It will not feel the same as being able to hug Grammy, but missing out on holiday hugs just this once is probably worth it, especially considering that Grammy, as a senior, is a high-risk individual for contracting coronavirus. So pick your battles.

If you really need those hugs however, you can choose to gather in a small group, with those who are not COVID carriers. Those who have tested negative for coronavirus, been self-isolating, and avoiding crowds, are all safe to hang out 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.”

Travelling outside of your home increases your risk for contracting coronavirus, so of course travelling in order to meet with other people increases your risk as well.

The solution to this issue is simple: Don’t travel often or very far if you can help it.

“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.”

There are many other risky endeavors concerning COVID-19 and holiday celebrations such as potlucks for food and drink, and indoor gatherings (especially in indoor spaces with poor ventilation).

Avoid moving locations as much as you can, and construct your guest lists wisely.

Once again, the lack of in-person hugs may be a downside, but getting sick is even worse.

This holiday season, celebrate smart.