The safest way to gather this holiday season is with others who are fully vaccinated, outdoors, and to wear masks. 

Compared to last holiday season when it was recommended for all to stay home and gather virtually, we have come a long way as COVID vaccines are widely available and free for all. Consider getting a booster shot before the holidays or get vaccinated if you haven’t already to ensure for the safest holiday season. 

We know that many families have holiday traditions that include gathering and enjoying homemade meals. There are steps that we can all take to ensure to limit the transmission of potential illness for all attendees. 

The Basics

    • Get vaccinated to protect those who are at high risk–such as your grandparents–and those who are not able to be vaccinated–such as your younger cousins. 
    • Wear well-fitting masks that cover your nose and mouth; regardless of vaccination status. 
    • Gathering outdoors is safer than indoors, but if you must gather indoors–keep windows open to increase ventilation and stay 6 feet apart. 
    • If you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend nor host a gathering. 
    • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, get tested and wait to receive a negative result before attending or hosting a gathering. 
    • If you or others will be traveling to the holiday gathering, follow our travel safety tips that include COVID-19 testing recommendations. 
    • Consider postponing the gathering until everyone has a chance to be fully vaccinated. 
    • Have a virtual option to gather in case someone becomes ill or exposed to COVID. 

Best Practices

If you happen to become ill after attending a gathering...

For those who are fully vaccinated:

    • Get tested 5-7 days after exposure. 
    • Wear a mask while interacting with others. 
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. 

For those who are not fully vaccinated:

    • Get tested immediately. If results are negative, get tested again 5-7 days after exposure. 
    • Being quarantining and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. 

If symptoms develop, being isolating immediately. Fill out the self-report and contact Ask-A-Nurse. Even though it is the holidays and we are on break, we are here for you all year long! 

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Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson graduated in 2020 with a degree in Art: I-Design. As a student, she worked with the University Marketing & Communications team as a writer and photographer. She was hired after graduation to support public health communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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