08 Dec Do You Need a Face Mask for Holiday Gatherings?
When you are putting together your holiday shopping list this year, don’t forget to check and make sure you have enough facial masks, like N95 Masks.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread.”
And when they talk about your “household” they are talking about the people you currently live with. If you have a son or daughter away at college, they may still be a cherished part of your immediate family, but they are not considered part of your household.
That means you should think twice if you are considering going home for the holidays. If you don’t live with your parents or the family members you want to spend Hannukah or Christmas with, you are not part of their household and the CDC recommends that you do not go.
On the flip side, someone does not have to be related to you to be considered part of your household. So, if you have a roommate or roommates, those people are part of your household.
If you have family and friends in the area that you would like to celebrate with, you will need to take precautions. “In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk,” the CDC says.
These are some of the questions the CDC says you should ask yourself in order to assess the level of risk involved with any specific holiday gathering:
- How many cases are there in your community? Is that number going up?
- Where will the gathering take place? “Indoor gatherings, especially those with poor ventilation (for example, small enclosed spaces with no outside air), pose more risk than outdoor gatherings,” the CDC says.
- How long will the celebration last? The longer you are together, the higher the risk.
- How many people will be attending?
The safest options are small outdoor gatherings, where social distancing is possible. And, of course, face masks like the HDX-N95 and the DuraMask N95 particulate respirator should be worn by everyone.