COVID-19 safety precautions a doctor, respiratory therapist and nurse are taking this holiday season

The holidays are just around the corner, and with them come opportunities to socialize, shop, and visit bars and restaurants. We asked a USC Keck Medicine doctor, respiratory therapist and nurse what holiday activities they feel comfortable with this year.

A critical care doctor’s perspective on holiday gatherings

“Over the past 22 months, I have seen far too many people die from COVID-19 and I have also seen the enormous burden the pandemic is placing on my colleagues and the entire healthcare system.

“This holiday season, I am not only concerned about the health of my wife and children, but also of the people around me. As a doctor, I never want to do harm, so I feel more comfortable hosting a small, scaled-down event.

“We invite immediate family to an outdoor dinner and everyone needs to be vaccinated. If it’s too cold, we’ll go inside. However, all windows will remain open and I will run the air filter.

Why a Respiratory Therapist Shops at Home

“This year, I’m doing all my shopping online to avoid crowds in stores and malls. Even if the gifts don’t arrive on time, it’s more important to be safe and avoid possible exposure. to COVID-19.

“For Christmas, we organize a small immediate family reunion. Everyone is vaccinated and will also take a rapid COVID-19 test before we come together.

“You can’t let your guard down, even on vacation.”

  • Maria Sanchez, respiratory therapist at Keck Medicine

Two places you won’t find this critical care nurse looking for holiday cheer

“For me, holidays are synonymous with risk reduction. This season, I will not be visiting crowded indoor bars or restaurants. Drinking or eating requires people to remove their masks; and after a drink or two, most people tend to forget to wear them altogether. I also don’t know if the staff or other diners are vaccinated or maybe even sick.

“I feel comfortable getting together with a small group of family or friends where we all know about the vaccine and everyone’s health status. My wife and I also recently went to an outdoor concert, but felt safe as we were in mask and kept social distance.

  • Ben Trousdale, RN, ICU Registered Nurse with Keck Medicine


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Susan W. Lloyd