Covid-19 Cautions During The Holidays & How It Affects Them

Collette Barrett

WESTCHASE– Families are stuck inside their home this year for holidays because people still want to celebrate even during a pandemic. This can be done safely by social distancing & modifying normal Halloween & Christmas traditions.  

Did you ever think you’d be spending the holidays in your home because of a disease? Well, that nightmare is now a reality.  

Almost everyone loves the holidays, but now there’s an obstacle we must get over to celebrate them safely. Since most people want to celebrate the holidays they care about, most will want to read this. This article will show how COVID-19 may affect the holidays & how to stay safe during them. Our focus is to inform & persuade the readers on how to be safe during these times. The audience who will be reading this article will be children and parents all around the world because they need to know the safety and guidelines for staying safe during this virus and keeping facial covering on during these special holidays.

We needed some people’s opinions on this outbreak during the holidays. Since it’s been almost a year since then, we wanted to know if the virus still affects them as much. We interviewed a few people with these questions: “What changes are you making this year to celebrate holidays?” and “Do you think there will be more or less holiday traffic? Why?” Our first interviewer is David B., he says: “I’m probably not traveling to family but spending holidays with only people in our household. There’s more likely less traffic because of the fear of the spread to others or themselves.” I somewhat agree with these answers. I do believe that people will be staying home for the holidays, although there will probably still be a lot of traffic. A lot of people come home from work on holidays, have a nice dinner, & do last minute shopping.

Next is Calandria H., her response was: “I think there will be less than previous years BUT a significant increase in the short term. Colleges are shutting down their campuses after Thanksgiving so students will likely be traveling more.” Since Herring is a college student, she may struggle to get back home to celebrate with her family.

Her opinion says the opposite of David B’s answer, but this still may not be safe. Going home without Covid-19, then bringing it back to a campus of about 50,000 people. The CDC has safety guidelines for celebrating the holidays. The community levels of COVID-19 tab states: “High or increasing levels of COVID-19 cases in the gathering location, as well as in the areas where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Family and friends should consider the number of COVID-19 cases in their community…” Although people still want to live their lives & not be restricted by COVID-19, everyone has to take precautions so that it doesn’t spread faster. Everybody’s safety is still top priority.

Our last interview is with Matrese B., her feedback was: “I will not be celebrating with extended family. I think there will be less traffic because more people will be celebrating in their own homes.” I think that Matrese B’s opinion is the safest. She plans to spend the holidays with people in her own home rather than going out with others. The CDC also expresses that: “Exposure during travel – Airports, bus stations, train stations, public transport, gas stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces.”

This means that COVID-19 could be anywhere and going out can be dangerous. It is much safer to stay inside to celebrate the holidays.