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Let’s Talk About Traveling with Dr. Adena Borodkin of Golden Valley Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Minneapolis, MN

During a typical November and December, millions of people gather around the table for a delicious meal and merriment. But as we know, this year has been anything but typical! If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season, here are some tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy. We would like to emphasize that the surest way to keep everyone healthy is to stay home and celebrate only with the people who live in your home. We also realize that spending quality time with extended family and friends is important. When we call to screen you and your children before your appointments, we are counting on you to accurately report any illness or possible exposures you may have had in the days before your visit. We are doing our utmost to keep our team healthy so we can stay open to treat your kiddos! Please help us do this.

COMMUNICATION: The first step is clear communication. Whether you’re welcoming guests, or traveling to see people, start a conversation about the precautions you’ll take, and what kind of safety measures you plan to observe. For example….

GO OUTSIDE: If weather permits, eat outside! If it’s too cold to enjoy your meal outdoors, plan outside activities instead of indoor activities. Going on family walks is great ANY time, not just during a pandemic.

PRE and POST ISOLATE: Self isolate before and after your trip as much as possible to limit the possibility of spreading a virus. Cutting down on socializing in your community helps protect the family you’re visiting. Staying home as much as possible after your visit helps protect your community from anything you were exposed to on your trip.

DRIVE IF POSSIBLE: If you’re close enough, avoid the airport. Your interactions will be far fewer on a road trip than traveling by plane. Ventilation opportunities are far better, and you’ll have far more opportunities to introduce your children to the wonderful songs of your youth. 😀

MAKE A PLAN: Make a plan for what will happen if someone does start showing symptoms of COVID-19.

CHANGE THE DATE: If it works with everyone’s schedules, have get-togethers on the wrong dates! Try a Thanksgiving feast the weekend before or after Thanksgiving! Move Christmas Eve to January 2nd! Fewer people will be traveling, so there will be fewer people to come in contact with.

Overall, we are taking extra precautions now, so we will not have to be taking them next Thanksgiving!! Now is not the time to let our guards down or relax our measures to help stop the spread of this virus. Don’t forget to bring plenty of face masks and hand sanitizer, wash your hands as often as possible, and don’t forget to pack a toothbrush!