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Holiday Safety

How To Stay Safe This Holiday Season

Increasing Coronavirus cases all around the U.S. have put different turns on holidays. Due to COVID-19, family holidays might look a little different this year. Scientists recommend that the population stay away from large group gatherings. 

“Organizers and attendees of larger events should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size (number of attendees and other factors) and take steps to reduce the possibility of infection,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. 

Staying safe these holidays is important to stay healthy. Doctors recommend not traveling for these breaks and to wear a mask and not travel if feeling any symptoms of COVID-19. 

“Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19,” CDC said. “Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.” 

Social distancing and being cautious about hygiene can help prevent another virus outbreak. When hosting a holiday event, make sure that anyone not from that household, or who has not been carefyk wears a mask and social distances when possible. 

“Practice what we already know, wearing your mask correctly, using good hygiene (hand hygiene), not touching your face, socially distancing, all those things that we already know,” Nurse Natalie Mathers said.“It’s really just about making smart choices,”

During the holidays everybody wants to go out and spend time with their family. But due to COVID, there have been some minor setbacks, such as not going to large gatherings. If there is a reason for going out, be sure to wear a mask and stay home as much as possible.

“Don’t go out and stay at home, to be safe,” freshman Wyatt Spidel said. 

Enjoying this crazy year might be difficult for some, but there are so many different ways to make this year less stressful and more fun, such as creating new family Christmas traditions.

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Hannah Morrison, Editor
Hey everyone! My name is Hannah and I'm very happy that you are reading my profile. A little bit about me is that I am one of this year's editors! I have been on staff for 3 years. I am involved in the Sandie band where I am the historian. I am a photographer on the side and love taking photos. Can't wait for you to see the potential of this year's staff!