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Give the gift of life—stay home and healthy for the holidays

Dec 9, 2020

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As COVID-19 continues to spread through our communities and our nation at some of the highest rates yet, it’s critical that we take action to protect ourselves and those we care about from the virus.

That includes altering our holiday plans.

For 2020, the safest choice is also the simplest: Stay home. Celebrate in person only with members of your immediate household.

Spending the holidays without loved ones can be stressful, but it’s a temporary step. Based on timelines for vaccinations available in early December, experts expect that most Americans will be able to resume normal routines by midsummer.

To get through the winter months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Psychological Association recommend these coping strategies:

  • Make an effort to continue to interact with others virtually, through phone or video conferencing. Share experiences such as meals or games in this way if you can.
  • Find a routine and stick with it. Establish times for exercising, work or school, and hobbies. Make sure a good night’s sleep is part of your schedule and get outside for fresh air and sunlight when you can.
  • Focus on what you can do, and accept things that you can’t change.

This year, the best present is not your presence—it’s the gift of life. Stay home and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Regale vida: quédese en casa y saludable durante las fiestas

Regale vida: quédese en casa y saludable durante las fiestas
A medida que COVID-19 continúa propagándose a través de nuestras comunidades y nuestra nación en algunas de las tasas más altas hasta ahora, es fundamental que tomemos medidas para protegernos a nosotros mismos y a quienes nos importan del virus.

Eso incluye alterar nuestros planes de los días festivos.

Para 2020, la opción más segura es también la más simple: quedarse en casa. Celebre en persona solo con miembros de su hogar inmediato.

Pasar las fiestas sin sus seres queridos puede ser estresante, pero es un paso temporal. Basado en cronogramas para vacunas disponibles a principios de diciembre, los expertos esperan que la mayoría de los estadounidenses puedan volver a la normalidad de sus rutinas a mediados de verano.

Para pasar los meses de invierno, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades Disease Control and Prevention y the American Psychological Association Asociación Psicológica Americana recomienda estas estrategias de afrontamiento:

  • Esfuércese por seguir interactuando con los demás de forma virtual, por teléfono o por videoconferencia. Compartir experiencias como comidas o juegos de esta manera si puede.
  • Busque una rutina y cúmplala. Establece horarios para hacer ejercicio, trabajar o estudiar y pasatiempos. Asegúrate de dormir bien por la noche es parte de su horario y salga a tomar aire fresco y luz del sol cuando pueda.
  • Concéntrese en lo que puede hacer y acepte las cosas que no puede cambiar.

Este año, el mejor regalo no es tu presencia, es el regalo de la vida. Quédese en casa y detenga la propagación de COVID-19.


Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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