HOLIDAY GATHERING WITH AGING PARENTS NOT SAFE
The CDC has warned again in yet another holiday season – 2021 to be very cautious about traveling on the holidays to keep yourself and your elderly relatives safe with the new variant of Omicron spreading so quickly.
Dr . Anthony Fauci has some very excellent advice about safe holiday gatherings with the specter of Omicron spreading so quickly over our celebrations.
What is your short-term plan? Since the crisis with Omicron and its spread soaring through colleges, football games, restaurants, and schools are closing has come down in the last week, what will you do about your holiday travel plans to family.
How are you going to get there? Why are we asking people to sacrifice distancing? If you have considered all the warnings of science and the CDC and if getting everyone tested with a home testing kit is not an option, and you need to cancel seeing older relatives or family with immune problems -consider the advice of a noted scientist below.
Last Holiday season Dr. Michael Osterholm, Disease Expert U of Minnesota, had warned against gathering in person with elderly family members on theHolidays
“We need somebody to start to articulate, a story to use. ‘If we don’t have that storytelling going on right now, that’s every bit as important as the science itself,”
NEED LONG TERM PLAN STARTING NOW
So adult children need to start making a new COVID-19 Omicron spreading so quickly travel plan. What will you say to their aging parents to convey they do not want to infect or even expose them to covid-19 so you cannot celebrate the holidays together? They cannot come to your home for the festivities; you cannot go to theirs.
This change in plans takes, as Osterholm suggested
creating a story and learning how to tell stories if you do not already know.
HOW TO TELL A STORY
Vaile Wright, senior director for health care innovation at the American Psychological Association. suggests creating the story,beginning by explaining how much you care about your family “I feel it’s in my family’s best interests to be more strict, so we’re not going to travel for Christmas.” This type of language, she said, makes the other person less defensive, since it doesn’t come across as “You aren’t doing the right thing so I can’t come to visit.”
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