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Should senior family members risk exposure during the holidays?

We know just as well as anyone how eager we are to spend time with friends and family after a long year of dealing with COVID-19! For this reason, the CDC asks that you evaluate the health and safety risk for yourself and your loved ones, and act accordingly. To help make your decision-making easier and more informed, we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself and your family members before making holiday plans!

What is the COVID infection level in your community, and/or theirs?

If it’s higher in either community, consider this before traveling to them or asking them to travel to you.

Is the venue indoor or outdoor?

Indoor venues are generally not as suitable for gatherings during a pandemic, simply because of the air quality and ventilation. Outdoor venues are much more preferable, but due to the different climates around the country during the holidays (especially here in South Dakota), outdoor venues may not be possible. If you must do one indoors, consider opening windows or doors to help with air flow.

What is the duration and size of the gathering?

Not surprisingly, the risk of COVID rises with the increase of people and longevity of the event. 

Have guests followed safety guidelines prior, and will they during the gathering?

Because of the long period of viral incubation, it is suggested that guests quarantine 2 weeks before leaving to make sure they do not have symptoms. And it is suggested that, once there, proper social distancing guidelines are followed including:

  • Wearing masks
  • Staying 6 feet apart
  • Washing hands with soap and water
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces

Do any of your senior loved ones have underlying health issues?

If any of your senior loved ones have conditions like heart disease or diabetes, they are even more at risk of serious side effects, including death.

We know everyone will end up doing what makes them feel the most comfortable, but we hope this list helps make the decisions a little easier! If you have any questions, please call us at (605)791-5111!