Stay Safe and Well: Christmas Edition

It’s time to celebrate. Lockdown is over and Christmas and New Years are around the corner. Even though, we’ve got a lot to be thankful for, because 2020 has been a roller-coaster of events, we still need to be safe and protect ourselves from Covid-19.

With the new ‘Covid Christmas’ guidelines, you can form a Christmas bubble with three households from 23rd to 27th December. You can meet in each other’s homes, a place of worship or in a public place. You are also allowed to travel within those 5 days.

So, how can you protect yourself from the virus?

Keep your plates and cutlery to yourself:

I know this is a tradition at Christmas but refrain from using the same utensils when sharing food. Have your own clean, un-used cutlery to dish out your food. Experts suggests the virus can survive on surfaces for several hours. It’s probably best to avoid sharing food and drinks with your ‘bubble’, you know what, best bring your our own food to the feast instead.

All Open:

We all know, December is a winter month, and opening a window to let the cold in, sounds a bit crazy, but fresh air can weaken the chance of the virus spreading.  A report from Sage states ‘the risk of infection increases four times without proper ventilation’. So, open the windows a bit, and let people be enticed by those gorgeous cooking smells.

Gimme Space:

Being 6 feet apart is meant to protect you from the virus, but that’s not feasible when you’re at home. So, what I’m suggesting is to create a little distance between all the guests. I know the feeling of crowded like sardines in your auntie’s living room is what makes Christmas, Christmas, but protecting yourself from the vicious virus is now the new Christmas joy.

Keep it Clean:

Help keep everyone clean, and make sure they wash their hands, when entering the home, before and after eating, and after using the bathroom.

Experts says to wash your hands with water and soap for 20 seconds.

December is meant to be a joyous month, full of laughter, food and friends and family, and it still can be.  We just have to aware of our surroundings and be alert if entering another person’s home.

Happy December x

By Rene – Health & Wellness Writer

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