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A Holiday For The History Books: Strategies for Staying Healthy and Connected

October 29, 2020 Updated March 22, 2021


Holidays have always been hard, but Covid-19 has added a new challenge — not being together in order to slow infection rates and not put our loved ones at risk. Although some of us may have been grateful for an excuse to not make a turkey for twenty, others of us didn’t see it that way. 

The holiday season is approaching and this year it’s packing even more stress than usual.  So many of us are struggling with how to shape our holiday plans around the risks, the worries and the traditions.  With COVID-19 on the rise, there are no easy solutions.  

Tonight our panel will provide fact based information that will hopefully help guide you to make the decisions that are right for your family this holiday.  From what masks actually work, to how much do you have to crack open the window, to the impacts on our loved ones we will be talking about it all so settle in for some badass women scientists who are about to drop some important knowledge. 

On this Live.Work.Thrive session, Micaela Birmingham tackles these questions with expert panelists: Taylor McIlquham, MPH, Infection Control Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Shelly Miller PhD, Professor Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, Dr. Paula Bloom, Practicing Clinical Psychologist and Author and Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, President, The GrassROOTS Community Foundation

The holidays may seem like an impossible time to make choices on whether to stay at home or take the plunge and attend a family dinner. However, there are ways to stay connected without having to make decisions that you might regret. If you’re all Zoomed out and sick of screens, try an outdoor dining experience with family and friends. You might be shaking in your boots, but it’s an experience that you won’t forget… unfortunately.

In the end, the decision is up to you and your family and your unique situation. Stay safe, stay connected and we’ll all get through this!

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