The holidays are a joyous time to spend with our loved ones, but the ongoing state of COVID-19 pandemic should give us all a reason to take the proper steps in keeping our families safe. With the holiday season in full swing, it is as important as ever to make sure we are doing our part to protect ourselves and keep our loved ones healthy. Here are safety tips to follow this holiday season:
Get vaccinated and get your booster shot
Vaccines greatly reduce an older adult’s risk of getting a severe case of COVID-19. By being fully vaccinated, older adults reduce their chances of being hospitalized by 94% and of dying by 91% if they get COVID-19. Learn more about your options for COVID-19 vaccine and booster in Connecticut
Social distance and wear masks
Practice precautionary measures by wearing a mask in public places regardless of your vaccination status. Whenever possible, maintain a social distance and minimize contact with friends or acquaintances before the holidays to reduce risk of exposure to your most vulnerable family members.
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Shop online to avoid crowded stores.
This time of the year is the busiest for retail stores as everyone is finishing their holiday shopping. Rather than going to crowded malls and shops, purchase your gifts and groceries online. Many retailers offer free delivery on your orders or contactless curbside pick up.
As a last resort, the safest option may be to meet virtually. If you or someone you know has been recently tested positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms, it is best to postpone an in-person celebration until it is safe to do so for everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of your family.
For the latest news and information about COVID-19 in Connecticut, visit: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus