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By Beth Greenway, RN – Gayco Nurse Consultant

Merry and Healthy Christmas!
      Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, our family decided not to gather for Thanksgiving and Christmas to keep us safe.  This has been very hard for us as we have always celebrated together.  Personally, Covid eventually turned me into an asocial person, preferring to remain at home and buy all I could online to avoid stores and people.
      This year we are getting together. Hopefully, all 65 family members, to celebrate.  Thanksgiving was amazing.  Not seeing great nieces and nephews for almost two and a half years was eye-opening.  They are no longer babies, toddlers, or preschoolers.  We were all still mindful of handwashing or sanitizing our hands, and it seemed we were all hesitant to hug one another. The next day, our daughter-in-law sent out a group text stating that she was positive for Covid. It’s going to happen.  Fortunately, no one else in the family tested positive, so we will gather again for Christmas this Sunday.
      Having said that, please keep infection control in the back of your mind as you gather with family and friends.  We tend to relax, let our guard down when we’re with family members, and enjoy our time together. If you don’t feel well, don’t attend.  Your family will miss you but thank you in the long run.  I can’t stress the importance of good handwashing/sanitizing frequently. Handwashing is the number one way to break the chain of infection.  Covid is not the only virus we need to worry about.  It’s flu season again.  Have symptoms? Don’t go.
      I’m slowly getting back into enjoying our rather large family gatherings, but I intend to do so safely.  Please enjoy your holidays with your family and friends but always be mindful of breaking the chain of infection.