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7 ways to stay healthy (and sane) during the fall coronavirus surge

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The next few months will be the most brutal of this pandemic, doctors say. These tools and tips can help you stay safe, healthy and happy this fall and winter.

So Dr. Peter Hotez suggests limiting your physical contact this fall and winter to a small, select group of friends or family -- and avoiding close contact with anyone outside that group.

"Think about who you want to do your social distancing with as you head into later in November, in December, in January, and get ready to hunker down," said Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

The calculator, created by the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, also gives suggestions on how to decrease your risk, said Dr. Megan Ranney, the center's director and an emergency medicine physician.

If you're still sitting a foot away from other people, without a mask, you can still spread it -- especially if you're in that very infectious period," Ranney said.

"Just because someone is close family does not mean they're safe, either," Ranney said.

"We know by now that much of Covid-19's spread is actually driven not by formal settings with strangers but by informal gatherings of family and friends," Wen said.

Ranney said the recent White House coronavirus outbreak is a prime example of how testing is not always perfect.

Instead of Halloween parties or trick-or-treating, the CDC suggests carving pumpkins with your family or with friends and neighbors (at a safe distance).

For Thanksgiving, you can celebrate by having a virtual dinner with friends or family from afar and sharing your favorite Thanksgiving recipe, the CDC said.

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