LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Many families are vaccinated against COVID-19 on the way to the holidays. But health leaders in Louisville said there’s still plenty of reason to exercise caution at family gatherings.
Cardiologist Dr. Stephanie Moore of the University of Louisville said spreading COVID-19 is like having a rumor at a party: The rumor is less likely to spread if everyone already knows it. If people at the party don’t know about the rumor, it spreads like wildfire.
So she said if your kids are still waiting to get vaccinated, but everyone else is already, the risks are probably low.
“I don’t think we can live in absolute fear,” Moore said. “We have vaccines that work.”
Moore said it’s important to evaluate your family based on those who plan to attend.
“Even if you have a vaccine, you have to be smart,” she said. “The vaccine does not prevent you from getting COVID. It prevents you from getting just as sick from COVID.”
Unvaccinated people and children who are not yet fully protected can also be tested prior to holiday activities. Bluewater Diagnostic in Louisville said it has seen an uptick in testing and expects the most influx on Monday.
and dr. Rita Pardee of Baptist Health Hardin said there is always an option to mask.
“Even with people who have been vaccinated, they can still carry COVID and spread COVID,” Pardee said. “It would be asymptomatic and have no disease side effects. So certainly, unvaccinated people should still take the most protection.”
Pardee said in the Hardin area that COVID-19 cases are slightly declining, but now is not the time to screw up progress, even if that means having hard conversations with your loved ones.
“People have their own beliefs and they have their own opinions about things, and that’s certainly one of the joys of living in this country,” she said. “I say it’s best to try and explain it from a place that comes from the heart.”
And Moore said this holiday season is one to be thankful for.
“What’s important is our families, and we haven’t been able to be together for just a year,” Moore said. “This is an extra special holiday.”
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