Healthy for the Holidays: Healthy Holiday Travel and Gatherings
The December holiday season is in full swing and we’re back with more tips to help you stay Healthy For The Holidays!
Because of the increase in travel and indoor gatherings this time of year, the holiday season is an especially important time to consider preventive measures against seasonal illnesses. The CDC has been reporting a rise in flu cases across the country. Additionally, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are spreading as people travel. According to recent wastewater surveillance data, COVID-19 infections are increasing in the Boston area.
To help you protect yourselves and others, here are some expert-recommended precautions:
😷 Masking Matters: Wear masks on public transport, at airports, and in crowded spaces. This simple step can prevent the spread of various diseases, including the common cold.
🧼 Hand Hygiene: Practice regular handwashing, and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are unavailable. Avoid touching your face to minimize the risk of spreading germs.
🤔 Choose Your Gathering Spaces Wisely: Opt for less crowded spaces during holiday dinners or meet-ups with friends. Experts recommend avoiding enclosed spaces with limited ventilation.
🧪 Stay Informed: Regular testing, especially before visiting at-risk relatives, can help identify and manage potential infections early. This is crucial for protecting vulnerable populations.
💉 Vaccination Is Key: Ensure you and your family are up to date on vaccinations, including COVID-19, influenza, and RSV if applicable. Vaccines are available at various retail pharmacy chains for your convenience.
🧰 Be Prepared: Understand that viruses are unpredictable. Keep essential cold and flu medications on hand, especially for children, as they were in short supply last winter.
Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your holiday get-togethers! By following these simple guidelines, you can help do your part to keep everyone healthy for the holidays!