A Message from Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care:
On November 13, 2020, Dr. Gregory Cherpes, the Medical Director for Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), presented a webinar in which he provided an update on COVID-19 and holiday safety. During the webinar, we learned that COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the US! In April 2020, the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in any one day was 2000. Current data is now showing that 5000 cases have been reported in one day, and this trend is expected to continue. At this time, our hospital capacity is not exhausted, but we are reaching a dangerous point, especially as we approach the holiday season. To keep you and your loved ones safe during the holidays, Dr. Cherpes stated, “The safest way to celebrate the holidays this year is to celebrate with people in your household.” Take into consideration the following points:
- The duration or length of your celebration. Shorter celebrations can prevent viral transmission.
- The number of people who are attending; smaller gatherings are safer than larger gatherings.
- Where are people traveling from? County transmission rates vary, so stay informed of yours.
- Are people wearing masks, washing their hands, and staying socially distant?
Consider alternative ways to celebrate the holidays this year such as virtual parties or remote game nights.
During this pandemic, we have also learned that an individual with an intellectual disability is three times as likely to suffer from complications and death from COVID-19 in comparison to the rest of the population. Learn more from The New York Times, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, and AID in PA.
Happy holidays! Stay safe and healthy!