We are all weary of the situation that we are in currently. Many people are feeling that this pandemic will go on forever and the restrictions that are in place will never end. But I KNOW that there will one day be a time when we can gather together and be in the same space without being fearful of contracting an illness that has proven deadly to so many of our fellow citizens. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT TIME IS NOT NOW.
As you all take time next week for the Thanksgiving Holiday, please be mindful that any gathering of people outside of your household or your “bubble” poses a risk for COVID-19 transmission and also colds, flu and stomach viruses.
NCDHHS has published advice for the public to stay safe and help you to moderate your risk of exposure during this time. We are all sad that we cannot have our usual celebrations and traditions but there are still ways to celebrate and be thankful without continuing to spread this virus or exposing those who are at high risk for severe illness.
If you choose to participate in any holiday activities, these actions have proven to be effective:
1. Keep gatherings small and limited to your household contacts or “people in your bubble”
2. Get together outside whenever possible
3. Social Distance – stay six feet apart and limit physical contact
4. Wear a mask – cloth face coverings do work to reduce transmission when you are in close proximity to people who are not “in your bubble”
5. Wash your hands – using soap and warm water regularly but remember to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in between anytime you touch surfaces that other people have recently touched.
NCDHHS has a lot of information on Get Togethers: including Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping, and how to have a safe holiday break from school especially for those attending colleges
Please do not take unnecessary chances. Consider the risk for any activities that you plan to participate in over the holiday. We are thankful for each and every one of our patients and their families. We hope that you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
*If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or just need someone to talk to, you can call the Hope4NC Helpline at 1-855-587-3463