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Sadly, holidays don’t stop COVID-19 from spreading, so we can all have some break. Instead, COVID-19 cases are rising and it’s already obvious that the pandemic is getting worse this winter. Comparing to summer, when we had some outdoor activities, there is not much we can do outdoors during winter. 

So, it is extremely important to come up with the new “safe-plan” of simple actions and rules every one of us can do in order to stay safe. Especially, since the holidays are coming, which involves more gatherings, crowded shopping centers, and visiting friends and family, which is not good news during this pandemic. This year, we have to change our regular perspective of holidays and take extra precautions, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Right now, it becomes especially dangerous to gather with those, outside of your household or quarantine-bubble. 

In this article, we are going to share some of the simple but effective measures we can take in order to significantly help your community and keep it safe.

Keep your mask on if you are indoors around people outside your own household

As for now, wearing a mask is one of the main methods that helps stop spreading COVID-19. This simple but extremely effective measure should be used every time you’re around people outside your own household. By now, let’s face it, masks have become a new normal part of our lives. As long as we’re used to wearing it outside it is a good idea to build a new habit of wearing it inside too.

“The more you go outside of your immediate household, the greater the risk,” Dr. Sandra Kesh, infectious disease expert at WestMed Medical Group told CNET. If you are indoors, it is still crucial to wear a mask even if you are surrounded by people who share your ideas about risk and safety.

Don’t abandon sanitizer just yet and wash your hands regularly

Don’t stop washing your hands and using hand sanitizer frequently and remember the routine: wash your hands for at least 20 seconds in lukewarm water, using antibacterial soap. Continue this practice for your own benefit and those around you. However, if you weren’t into hand hygiene yet, it’s a good time to catch up.

Practice social distancing whenever possible

Social distancing is not only useful in public but also around friends and family. We avoid contacting strangers in public in order to stay safe, yet, neglect social distancing while visiting friends and family. In fact, social distancing is one of the key tools that helps to stay safe, so we should practice it in different situations, whether we’re inside or outside. 

Since the holiday season is coming, there’s likely to be more crowds in malls and stores. Consider shopping online or doing curbside pickup if you can. Another option is to shop at off-hours whenever possible and try to avoid crowded places as much as you can.

Plan virtual celebrations

The holidays are just around the corner. Even though we’d love to spend them with our beloved ones, this year most celebrations will be held virtually. Despite how much we miss our families and friends this year’s safest option is inviting them to a virtual hang-out in Zoom rather than throwing a real-life celebration. Try to plan more virtual events for the sake of avoiding visiting people who are outside of your household. 

This handy list was put up by Mercey Livingston for cnet.

Keep in mind that the information presented in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not health or medical advice, so you should always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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