We all hate wearing masks, not hugging friends and family, hunkering down away from crowds and gatherings, not sharing food and drink. But as we start the holiday season, the city and the state are trending in the wrong direction for COVID infections. Several Bolton Hill neighbors have contracted the disease and at least one has died. The virus is for real.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends approaching Thanksgiving and the holiday season this way:
- Celebrating virtually or only with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19)
- Avoiding big events. Organizers and attendees of events should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and take steps to reduce the possibility of infection. (Baltimore Mayor Young has prohibited public events of more than 10 people, closed bars and restricted restaurants serving indoors to 25 percent of their capacity.)
- Keeping it short and outdoors. Short gatherings are better than long ones. Outside is better than inside.
- Staying apart. Two (adult) arm-lengths or more of social distancing is crucial.
- Keeping away if you might have been exposed, even if you have no symptoms.
- Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.