GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thanksgiving is subsequent week, which implies individuals are on the point of journey and go to family and friends.
Regardless that this yr is totally different from final on the subject of the pandemic, physicians with Spectrum Well being say there’s nonetheless a danger on the subject of spreading the virus. They need folks to be ready and cautious when vital.
Liam Sullivan, an grownup infectious illness doctor, says the largest distinction between this vacation season and the final is the vaccine.
“The primary factor is, you probably have not been vaccinated, I might rethink getting vaccinated,” mentioned Sullivan. “That’s going to be the primary factor to guard you from getting this virus and getting sick from this virus.”
Sullivan says on the subject of spreading the virus, issues haven’t gotten a lot better.
“We now have extremely high community transmission of the virus happening proper now, most likely simply as unhealthy as final yr to inform you the reality, and in order that kind of nonetheless provides a component of uncertainty with all of this,” mentioned Sullivan.
He says in the event you’ve already gotten your preliminary doses of the vaccine, you also needs to think about getting your booster shot earlier than subsequent week in the event you’re eligible.
“Particularly in the event you’re immunocompromised or over the age of 65 or a sure medical situations that qualify you,” mentioned Sullivan.
If you happen to do plan on gathering with household and pals in individual this vacation season, Sullivan says it’s best to think about taking additional precautions.
“I believe if individuals are going to do vacation gatherings in a public house the place there’s not good at air flow and also you’re in, you most likely actually ought to think about sporting a masks. Particularly in the event you’re unvaccinated, you actually ought to put on a masks,” mentioned Sullivan.
He says to ensure everyone seems to be on the identical web page earlier than getting collectively.
“I might simply advise folks to speak about it and ensure everyone’s snug with the way you’re going to do issues,” mentioned Sullivan.
Sullivan additionally says in the event you haven’t gotten any doses of the vaccine but, it’s best to nonetheless begin the collection now. Regardless that it gained’t be totally efficient by Thanksgiving subsequent week, it is going to nonetheless enhance your immune system.