Prepare, Prevent and Respond to COVID-19
This project supported through the CARES Act under the Family Violence & Prevention Services Act informing the community to prepare, prevent and respond to COVID-19
Written by: PROVISION Media
With Covid-19 and the Delta Variant cases still on the rise, it’s important that we remain mindful during this holiday season and don’t let our guard down. Whether you are vaccinated or not, we can still enjoy the things we love and spend time with our loved ones, but we need to take extra precautions to keep everyone safe.
As we gather for the holidays, let us not forget that those 65 and older are at high risk, as well as those with underlying medical conditions; such as asthma, a weakened immune system, heart conditions, or diabetes. Here are some tips and guidance that can help:
Wear a mask at all times. If you go shopping, plan and pick a time to avoid large crowds. Keep your distance and make a list to do your best to stay on task. If possible, shop online.
If you have to travel take extra precautions by wearing your mask at all times, keeping your distance, minimizing contact with others, and always washing your hands.
During gatherings, try to plan for a smaller get-together with friends or family who live near you. Keep the area well ventilated and remember that being outdoors is always better than indoors. If you feel sick or have symptoms don’t host or attend any gatherings. Put a friendly sign on the door encouraging loved ones to refrain from kissing or hugging each other when greeting them. Remember, the main goal is to be safe with loved ones during the holidays.
The Samoan culture is very family-oriented and we love to have get-togethers, but we must do our best to keep our loved ones safe. Often when greeting someone, a kiss or hug is exchanged. Instead, try a simple hello with a nod of the head to try and show respect. Explain to them you want to keep them safe and would hate for them to get sick. Do your best to keep your distance, wash your hands, and if you don’t feel well, don’t attend. These things sound simple, but sometimes they are very hard to do because we don’t want to offend anyone. It’s crucial that with monthly flights now entering our territory, we be educated and help keep our friends and family safe. As simple as it may sound, it’s up to us to do our part. Remember the main goal, is to be with loved ones and to enjoy the holidays without worrying about getting anyone sick.
Photo retrieved from: https://www.ebay.com/itm/samoa-PAGO-PAGO-The-Gathering-Place-1920s-RPPC-Postcard-/233125885789?_ul=IL
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