Sacramento Bee journalists asked three California hospitals a few questions about their indoor celebration.
Three doctors responded by e-mail: Dr. John, director of infectious diseases at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento. Matthew Eldridge; Dean Bloomberg, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, UC Davis; Vice President of Internal Medicine and Head of COVID-19 at Dignity Health, Dr. Namrita Gogia.
Gathering outside to celebrate is now safer than gathering indoors. But if this is not possible, make sure the room is well ventilated. Masks will help reduce the risk of contracting respiratory viral infections.
If people wash their hands before eating and don’t touch the same food (or rather the plates it’s on), it may be safe to have a festive meal together. It is known that flu and covid are mostly transmitted through airborne droplets.
If you are not feeling well, it is better to stay at home. Vaccination is also considered an effective means of protection against covid.
News cannot be equated with a doctor’s prescription. Consult an expert before making a decision.