HOUSTON – Less than a week back to Thanksgiving, and again it will be a holiday with the ever-threatening pandemic on many people’s brains.
But leading physicians at Baylor College of Medicine said this year that it does not necessarily have to be that stressful and severe, depending on the circumstances.
Baylor College of Medicine has updated its existing online guide to help people prepare for their vacation. They hope people gather in a safe way.
“I think there really are two big mistakes we can make during this holiday,” said Dr. James McDeavitt, Baylor College of Medicine Executive Vice President and Dean of Clinical Affairs. “One would be overly confident and say that this is behind us and in a way ignore all precautions because we still have plenty of COVID-19 out there and in many parts of the country they are still on the way back. I think the second mistake we could make would be to pretend like it was a year ago and we are all hunklet in our houses and went into seclusion and did not celebrate holidays and did not come with family and friends. ”
Baylor College of Medicine has been working on updating their “Build Your Own Vacation Bubble” online guide to help people decide exactly how careful they should be.
McDeavitt said the guide is intended to be a useful tool with step-by-step guidelines for different levels of risk. One of the risk factors to consider is the level of risk for the people you are celebrating with.
“If you’re celebrating with a bunch of perfectly healthy 25-year-olds, you’re probably pretty confident and you do not have to take many precautions. But the reality is, it’s not a holiday for most of us. We meet people who have conditions. , putting them in danger, the elderly, etc., ”McDevitt said.
The guide also provides a preliminary timeline to help you learn when to shop before any major vacation.
“Assess your personal risk and assess the risk to your community,” McDeavitt said.
Assessing the risk to your community is the other big consideration.
“Look at the disease prevalence in the community where you celebrate and where people come from. Houston is in decent shape right now. Our numbers are declining and they have seemed to have leveled off and stay that way for a while. now, McDeavitt said. “But there are other parts of the country (like) Detroit, Michigan for example, the speed is six or seven times what they are in Houston right now. So it’s really important to understand how common the disease is in your community because it tells you the likelihood that the person in the restaurant next to you is the likelihood that they have COVID-19. “
He suggested that people get flu shots and vaccines before the holidays as a precaution because people will still get some immunity (even if they would not be fully immunized until two weeks after the second COVID vaccine dose). He also suggested that people make plans and have these conversations about the holidays early.
“I hope everyone has a great holiday because we really need to meet,” McDeavitt said. “I just hope we do it in a safe way.”
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