With stay-at-home orders and self-imposed quarantine, we've all spent time apart from our loved ones throughout 2020. Do we need to sacrifice more family time as the holidays approach? Not necessarily. Dr. James McDeavitt, chief clinical integration officer of St. Luke's Health and SVP and dean of clinical affairs at Baylor College of Medicine, recommends taking notes from the NBA.
Safe gatherings during COVID-19 are possible! It starts with a bubble.
"The NBA created a 'bubble' in Orlando, played all their games, and completed their post-season. Lots of co-mingling of people, plenty of close, maskless physical contact. How many infections since the NBA resumed regular season play in August? Zero," McDeavitt explains.
While we don't have the same access to resources as the NBA — daily testing, taking over luxury hotels, etc. — McDeavitt believes it is possible to create your own "holiday bubble" and have a relatively safe and responsible time with family.
"Following the lesson of the NBA, forming an effective bubble requires planning, commitment, and attention to detail."
Is creating a holiday bubble right for you?
Let"s first cover some important considerations:
- Assess your risk. While a holiday bubble can significantly decrease your risk of infection, it cannot eliminate it entirely. Look into the pros and cons of visiting with family if you are vulnerable to COVID-19 complications.
- It only works if everyone is committed. It only takes one person who does not follow the rules to burst your bubble.