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Contra Costa Health Offers Tips On How To Celebrate Safely During The Holidays

by ECT

This week, the Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) has released tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season in an effort to protect themselves and loved ones from getting COVID-19.

They are still recommending getting vaccinated as the best way to lower the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.

 

Key Actions to Lower Your Risk

Get Vaccinated

  • Our single best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination.

  • All the vaccines are safe, effective and free for anyone who is 5 or older.

  • Get your first dose by November 19 to be fully protected for Christmas, Kwanzaa and end-of-year gatherings.

  • You can protect those too young to be vaccinated by making sure those around them are vaccinated.

Wear a Mask

  • Wear a well-fitted mask over your nose and mouth if you’re in public indoor spaces.

  • A mask is required in most indoor public spaces in Contra Costa County, regardless of vaccination status.

Get Tested

  • Attending a gathering or event increases your chance of being exposed to COVID-19.

  • Testing is a healthy choice for people who attend gatherings – whether or not they develop symptoms.

  • Three to seven days after a gathering is the best time to test.

  • If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or develop symptoms, learn when to quarantine and isolate.

Take Precautions if You Travel

  • If possible, delay travel if you are not vaccinated or feeling sick

  • Masks are required on public transportation, such as planes and buses

  • Avoid crowds

  • Get tested before and after your trip

Safer Celebrations

Gathering virtually or in-person only with people you live with is the safest choice. If you do gather with others:

  • Smaller gatherings are safer than larger ones.

  • Outdoors is safer than indoors.

  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.

  • If you gather indoors, open windows and doors to bring in fresh air, or put a fan in an open window.

  • If you feel sick, stay home and don’t host any gatherings.

How can I protect my unvaccinated family members?

  • Get vaccinated yourself.

  • Be sure everyone in your family who is 5 or older is fully vaccinated.

  • Wear a mask. You might choose to have everyone at your gathering wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

​For more information: www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/safer-celebrations

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