UBC professor opens up about vacation safety amid COVID-19 – Kelowna Capital News



With the holiday season approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic underway, a University of British Columbia instructor has a number of COVID-safe holiday tips this season, including how to avoid eating on meals. flights.

In a press release, UBC professor Devon Grayson said that if a flight is short enough that travelers do not have food or drink, it is safer to wear a mask the entire time. trip. Meal planning can help travelers avoid eating in the flight or at the airport, and wearing a high-quality mask is recommended, they said.

People hosting holiday gatherings should remind guests to stay home if they experience symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough and fever. Prior to arrival, guests should be made aware of the safety expectations, i.e. masks and warm clothing if windows are to be opened or people are expected to congregate outside.

Don’t assume people play by the same rules as you, Grayson said.

If you are planning to visit and have symptoms, stay home, Grayson said. Additionally, if you are planning to travel, start limiting non-essential activities (dining out and parties) which, in turn, will reduce “the risk of bringing COVID-19 home for the holidays,” they said. .

People going to visit should keep in mind that eating out is always “the safest choice” because COVID-19 is an airborne disease, Grayson said. If indoors, wearing a mask, if not eating, helps limit the spread, especially if immunocompromised or unvaccinated people are present, as they are more vulnerable, they said.

Although COVID-19 is transmissible through the air, Grayson said there is no known risk of catching it from turkey or from meals, however, it is possible to catch it through shared silverware, glasses or bottles.

As people shop for gifts online, Grayson said the risk of contracting COVID-19 from touching objects is low, so people don’t have to worry about quarantining or wiping them down. packages, although they remind people to always wash their hands before eating or touching their face.

Grayson said anyone who is unvaccinated should. Medically vulnerable people may still need to limit socialization this year, and they advise reaching out to those who feel isolated at a time when people traditionally get together.

“When making plans, be sure to pay attention to local health authorities as they will update the guidelines for your area,” Grayson said.

“While a lot of people look forward to a more normal holiday season this year, it’s always safer to keep meetings on a small side.”

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