Pandemic Holiday Season 1.0
How in the world are we supposed to navigate this holiday season given, well... 2020?!? Not only have we had an extremely contentious election year, continued racial injustices, and environmental disasters, but we've also had an upsurge of an infectious coronavirus that has put much the world in quarantine lock-downs. How do we find & maintain hope in the midst of all this?
COVID-19 has brought out the best and worst in all of us. While it's given us the opportunity to prioritize healthy and safety over freedoms, we also see how it's been used as a political weapon. While many of us have dramatically altered our behaviors, there are others who have dug in their heals to deny or minimize its impact. And there's been a plethora of judgements and projections in all directions.
Celebrating the Holidays Differently
In the United States, we're now being encouraged by the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention to stay home and only be with those that are in our households for Thanksgiving. If we choose to celebrate with others outside of our households and travel to do so, they are a myriad of extra precautions we're being advised to take in order to minimize, not eliminate, the risk of infection. These are literally life and death decisions this holiday season in 2020. Risk factors are constantly changing depending on the area of the world we live in, current infection rates, hospitalizations and COVID death rates.
This is A LOT to navigate, especially when others we care about have different needs and levels of risk-aversiveness than us.
Reducing Risk without Eliminating Risk
Of course the only way to have zero risk of contracting/spreading COVID is staying home 100% of the time with others in our households who do the same. However, there are other ways of reducing risks.
By now we all know the 3 main ways to reduce risk of COVID infection:
There are additional ways that we can substantially reduce risk, especially in combination:
I wish you all Happy Holidays, if you celebrate them.