Wednesday, December 1, 2021
First, a reality check. The number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations remains high in Wisconsin and nationally – particularly among the 47 million unvaccinated American adults.
“The best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible,” the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in October, when it updated its holiday guidance.
“Please be smart, be courteous to others and teach others – including children – to do the same,” he says.
“We can best do this with a layered approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19 over the holidays. That starts with excellent hand hygiene, avoiding contact with others when feeling ill, getting vaccinated and considering masking in enclosed environments.”
Just before Thanksgiving, the CDC said all adults age 18 and over are eligible for COVID-19 booster shots. The CDC urges older people and those with underlying medical conditions to get booster shots before the holidays. It also urges those not vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
More of the CDC’s updated holiday guidance:
The CDC also says wear a mask:
“We have to take steps to protect ourselves, even when gathering with family and friends during the traditional holiday season,” Painter says.
“Enjoy holiday get-togethers by doing your part to stay safe and by keeping others, your friends and loved ones, safe.”
Dr. Christopher Painter is an emergency medicine physician with BayCare Clinic. He sees patients in Green Bay, Oshkosh and Two Rivers.