How to gather safely
Dr. Arwady said that although it may seem counterintuitive, large formal venues are generally safer than small informal venues because they usually require people to follow strict rules to minimize risk.
For example, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and School of Public Health, Dr. Ellen Wald, an infectious disease pediatrician, said that, for example, in schools, “even if children are in the classroom, there are many rules for their activities.” Usually required They were wearing masks and sitting at a table six feet apart.
However, when people gather casually, the situation is just the opposite. Together with friends and family, we relax our minds and bodies; we take off our masks and are not so strict about maintaining social distancing among children. But this is not a good idea, Dr. Awadi warned. She said: “I think the environment where people feel safe now is actually the environment with the highest risk,” and if the infected child at a small party then goes to school, they will spread it to classmates, teachers and other school jobs. Personnel risk.
This does not mean that the family must lock themselves in the house for the rest of the year. Dr. O’Leary said, but it’s important for them to always follow public health guidelines, even during informal gatherings with friends and family (unless they participate in a real pandemic pod event, in which , The family socialized with each other, No one else).
Dr. O’Leary recommends that whenever possible, hold social gatherings outside and make sure that everyone wears a mask, especially if they cannot maintain a distance of at least six feet. If you must be at home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you open windows or doors, let everyone wear a mask, and again maintain a distance of at least six feet for maximum ventilation.
“Children need to socialize, don’t get me wrong,” Dr. Awadi said. Our goal is to “ensure that children get what they need to promote their emotional development and maintain mental health, but at the same time maintain a relatively low risk.”
Melinda Wenner Moyer is a science and health writer and the author of an upcoming book on raising children.