There has been much public discussion of safety practices and precautions for the upcoming holiday. Because the rate of COVID-19 transmission varies significantly by location, some nationally promulgated guidance may seem to contradict local recommendations to patients. Here are a few ways physicians and their practices can help patients to navigate the holidays safely.
1. Emphasize Local Guidance First
2. Remind Patients of the Limitations of a Negative COVID-19 Test
On social media, many community members have expressed their intent to have a COVID-19 test before their family gathering
, with no intention to otherwise quarantine. Remind patients that they may test negative immediately before developing symptoms and that they may expose themselves to the virus while grocery shopping, fueling their vehicle, and running other errands.
3. Share Reliable Sources of Information with Patients