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Ways to Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving and Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Ways to Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving and Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

How do we prevent a holiday surge of COVID-19 cases?

If we all work together and get a little creative with our holiday traditions and celebrations this year we, as a community, can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and a possible holiday-related surge. With the ultimate goal of getting our children back to school as soon as possible, the first step is to take responsibility for protecting our community from a major surge of post-holiday cases. According to LA County, more than 50% of COVID-19 cases have been spread through social gatherings. It’s important to note, there are many ways our families can enjoy this season in a safe and engaging way. While planning your celebrations this year, keep in mind these key points: Keep gatherings small (less than 10 people or 3 or fewer households), celebrate outside and wear masks (even when outdoors). We realize this will sometimes feel awkward, but the reward for our families and community will be worth it.

How do we know if it’s just a cold or flu or if it’s COVID-19?

We cannot always tell the difference from a regular cold or flu and COVID-19 just by symptoms alone, so I recommend getting tested with the COVID PCR test if you have upper respiratory symptoms of any kind. Furthermore, adults and children showing signs of cold or flu must refrain from attending family gatherings or holiday parties. COVID testing is available through our network. Even household members with anyone showing symptoms of runny nose, sore throat, cough and nasal congestion should avoid social events until testing results are confirmed.

How will taking these actions help our community?

By making some small sacrifices, we can help stop the spread in our community and look forward to 2021 with the hope of getting our local students back in the classroom and parents back in the workplace. This is an important time for all of us to think of one another and brings to mind the true meaning of this season of gratitude, reflection and blessings.

For more information, check the CDC, LA Co Pub Health and California Public health websites.

CDC Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

Dr. Erin Hamilton
TMPN Torrance Peds