Surviving the Holidays in a Pandemic

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Yesenia Fuerte, Staff writer

Many people thought that the COVID-19 would be controlled by now, but we are nowhere near having it under control. In total Illinois has about 380k cases total and 9,788 deaths. With all the holidays around the corner it is guaranteed that cases will rise higher than this past summer.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that cases between the month of October through January will rise. Now that it is getting colder outside, many people are turning on their heaters, when you turn on a heater it recycles the same air from the home. If someone in the house is sick or has COVID-19 it is more likely for the whole family to get sick.

Now that with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, it is more likely that families will break many CDC rules. Many families are not going to follow the 6 feet apart rule, they are not going to wear masks in their home if they have family over. Especially if someone is going to travel to a family member’s home all they are going to want to do is take off their mask and relax.

I personally know that I will be having family members from Minnesota over for Thanksgiving. I know I will be traveling for Christmas, too, which means I will be at my aunt’s house, and I know for a fact that I will not have my mask on when I am at her house.

Although we think we are safe around our family it is always better to be safe than sorry. Wear masks, sanitize, and protect yourself and others, because COVID-19 is not something to play around with.