Top Tips for Families Navigating COVID-19 This Holiday SeasonNovember 22, 20211 min read
The winter holidays are just around the corner and unfortunately, COVID-19 remains a serious consideration, especially for families with young children. While the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11 suggests great hope and increased protection for many, there are still some precautions to take in order to keep everyone safe.
Michelle M Kelly, PhD, CRNP, CNE offers her top tips for a healthy and happy holiday season, especially for those too young or unable to be vaccinated.
1. Know before you go. In order to make an informed decision for your family, it is important to know if all eligible adults and children attending the gathering are vaccinated.
2. Keep your mask on while indoors. Family gatherings may include people from various locations and households. Each added guest increases your chance of exposure. Wearing a mask protects you, and them.
3. Dine alfresco. Fall and winter weather notwithstanding, consider eating outdoors. If it is not possible to do so, make sure your indoor space is well-ventilated.
4. Wash your hands. Don’t forget, COVID-19 is not the only virus out there. Continue to practice proper hygiene. Wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home if you or anyone in your family is showing signs of the flu, COVID-19, or any other illness.
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Michelle Kelly, PhD Associate Professor | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Michelle Kelly, PhD, CRNP, is an expert in children's health, neonatal intensive care, and long-term health effects of premature birth.