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Last Friday, local hospitals let us know that COVID numbers are the highest yet— 130% higher than Thanksgiving and climbing. Healthcare workers are begging people to stay home and not gather with people they do not live with. We wondered if y’all were planning to stay home or gather with others. So, we reached out on social to find out.
Here’s what we asked
We polled our audience on social to find out if you’re planning to gather with people you don’t live with this holiday season, and here’s what y’all said:
- 42% said “Yes, I most certainly will.”
- 49% said “No, just no.”
- 9% said “I don’t know.”
What the CDC says: with over 1.5m new cases in the last week alone, the CDC has clear guidelines for the holidays:
“As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase across the United States, the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is to celebrate at home with people who live with you.”
The word from our local hospitals is that we are actually on the COVID frontlines
Here’s what we posted on Instagram last Friday after attending a press conference with representatives from local hospitals.
What you *can* do this holiday weekend if you’re staying at home
No matter what kind of #mood you’re in this holiday weekend, if you’re staying home and keeping it simple, there’s still plenty you can do. In fact, we put together this handy dandy guide to 5 pandemic-safe ways to enjoy this long Christmas weekend in Birmingham.
If *are* gathering with others from outside your household, remember the basics + get creative
Everybody knows the drill by now. Mask up, social distance, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and stay outside. The life you save might be your own.