The COVID-19 pandemic received’t take a break for the vacations.
The nation’s worst spike in circumstances adopted the Christmas season final 12 months, peaking at greater than 250,000 per day on Jan. 11, in accordance to CNBC. Reported deaths additionally reached a peak in early 2021 of roughly 3,400 per day.
With this in thoughts, on Wednesday, New York Metropolis Well being Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi shared various steps New Yorkers can take to be safer and scale back your danger of an infection over the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holidays — a time when tens of millions of vacation vacationers are anticipated to hit the roads, rails and skies, many leaving city for the primary time in two years thanks partially to the COVID-19 vaccines.
“On Thanksgiving Eve I am feeling grateful for so much: the chance to reconnect with loved ones and the opportunity to do it more safely and healthily compared to this time last year,” Chokshi stated.
“We’ve made progress against COVID-19 with over 76% of all New Yorkers having received at least one vaccine dose. This is great progress and it’s because so many New Yorkers have stepped up to do the right thing. Let’s keep that up over the holidays.”
Here’s what Chokshi recommends:
Each exercise is safer if you’re totally vaccinated
“Every activity is safer if you are fully vaccinated,” Chokshi stated, including that “people can feel comfortable coming together in small gatherings when everyone is vaccinated.”
Testing performs an enormous position and is an ‘added layer of security’
Regardless of the broadly accessible vaccines and their newly permitted booster doses, worries of a winter spike in circumstances has well being officers sounding early alarms for Individuals. Virus testing continues to be a key asset within the battle to gradual the unfold of COVID-19. Airports within the tri-state space, amongst different main transit hubs, have free speedy testing accessible to vacationers.
In accordance to Chokshi, testing earlier than and after gatherings or journey provides yet one more layer of security.
Testing is broadly accessible throughout New York Metropolis, Chokshi stated.
About 70% of take a look at outcomes throughout the town come again inside a day, with speedy testing areas as an alternative choice.
Moreover, “testing and other precautions become more important if you are with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated friends or family,” he stated.
These can go to www.nyc.gov/covidtest for extra info.
Plan round probably the most weak member of your group
“My practical tip is to plan around the most vulnerable member of your group, whether it’s a senior or someone with a weakened immune system,” Chokshi shared. “Gathering virtually or using masks and distancing can help protect them. My own family is planning to hold one of our get-togethers outdoors this weekend because we will have family members spanning three generations, including some kids who are unvaccinated because they are under 5.”
‘Every single day is an efficient day to get vaccinated’
“I’ve been asked if vaccination helps during an occasion just a few days away. My answer is: ‘every day is a good day to get vaccinated,'” Chokshi stated, including that that he additionally recommends everybody 18 years and older get a booster when it’s time for one.
The well being commissioner went on to say vaccines begin to construct one’s immunity, though it’s gradual.
To discover a vaccination website close to you, go to www.nyc.gov/vaccinefinder.
Keep house if you’re feeling unwell
Chokshi recommends not to collect or journey — even in case you made plans — in case you really feel sick.
“If you are feeling OK and do plan to travel, keep your face covering on and wash your hands frequently,” he stated.
Touring? Be sure to know your vacation spot’s COVID-19 transmission
If you’re touring, be sure you know what covid transmission seems like at your vacation spot and plan accordingly, the well being commissioner advices.