With the holidays upon us, here are a few rules of thumb that can help consumers avoid buying gifts that may poison a loved one this holiday season.
So my main advice this year is to make a plan. I know how uncomfortable it can be to call up your relatives and ask them, “When are you testing?” and “How are you thinking about virus precautions this year?” But thinking through some of these obstacles together and getting on the same page may alleviate a lot of anxiety and tension.
Hosting this year has been no small feat—and the biggest party season of all is almost here. As much as we’d like for things to be “business as usual” this holiday, planning for Christmas 2020 requires a little more work to keep guests happy and healthy.
For many of us, the forced confinement of lockdown has reiterated the importance of being out and about in nature – along with the benefits it can bring.
Measures to prevent transmission have changed since the start of the pandemic.
Times are tough now, but the end is in sight. If we hunker down, keep our families safe during the holidays and monitor our health at home, life will get better in the spring. Here’s how to get through it.
Some simple advice for anyone contemplating a holiday gathering: Wait until March.
This year’s holiday season will be hard. But shared sacrifice will keep coronavirus outbreaks from spreading further.
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People are facing the bleak prospect of spending the holidays alone. This should matter to managers of businesses.
The safest way to spend time with family this year is virtually. But if there's no other option but to travel home, take measures to minimize risk.
Throughout the pandemic, Americans have been tempted to violate public-health experts’ recommendations. The winter holidays might be the strongest temptation yet.
Everyone is affected in one way or another by the virus and the measures taken to combat it. Many people are feeling the emotional and psychological toll of weathering this pandemic. It has been a long and hard journey through the storm and, even though we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, the journey is not over yet.
The agency advises the “safest way to celebrate” the holidays is by having virtual celebrations, gathering outside in a socially distanced way or celebrating only with people in the same household.
Late November coincides with Thanksgiving, America’s favorite week for cross-country travel. Last year, Thanksgiving and Christmas turbo-charged Covid spread. Can transmission levels remain low if large family gatherings occur across the nation this year?
The good news is, you don't have to hibernate like it's 2020. Experts note we're in a much different place than we were last winter, with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters now widely available. There's good hope that the current vaccines offer protection against severe disease with omicron.
The holidays are going to look very different this year. As the US approaches the Thanksgiving holiday at the end of November, and the world anticipates a swirl of end-of-year celebrations, Covid-19 cases are reaching an all-time high. There are safer ways to celebrate with loved ones: The safest, of course, is to keep the party within your household. But several public health organizations, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have put out guidance on traveling and eating together, if you absolutely can’t imagine a Thanksgiving without extended family and friends.
It's supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but this year it doesn't really feel like it. With many of us hunkered down at home, some having lost jobs, others having lost friends and family members to COVID-19 or other illnesses, it's tempting to give this holiday season a miss.
The end of the pandemic is in sight, but it’s not over yet.
Whether you usually celebrate Christmas, Festivus, New Year’s, or a birthday this time of year, it’s likely that plans for a get-together will need to be adapted — if not scuttled altogether.
In many ways, the situation looks brighter than last year: Most adults are vaccinated, young children can now get shots and, hopefully, people can get their hands on rapid tests. But new risks emerge as more Americans are likely to try to have a “normal” holiday season. We asked three experts from different disciplines to respond to a selection of questions from readers about how to think about risk and navigate another Covid winter.
While there is nothing that can completely eliminate the risk if people chose to celebrate the holidays with others, the good news is that there are ways of making a gathering safer.
For many people, coping with the anxiety of going out and about may be the hardest part of adjusting to this next phase of pandemic life.
We are not canceling the holidays, but to keep ourselves and others safe, we are keeping plans small and flexible and remembering that the health of those we love is most important as we enter the season of gratitude.
This year’s holiday season will no doubt be different. The holidays are already a time of increased mental health risks because of anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, alcohol/substance use and other factors. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic will add a major pressure to the festive season.
To try to gauge where things stand, we asked a number of infectious diseases experts about the risks they are willing to take now, figuring that their answers might give us a sense of whether we’re making our way out of the woods.
Their responses signal some progress — but not as much, to be honest, as we had hoped. The experts — like much of the American public — have made clear that they aren’t going to give up another Thanksgiving for the sake of trying to stem the spread of Covid.
Steps to take to protect your family from Covid-19, RSV, and flu.