The upcoming holiday season will be challenging for many Americans. The coronavirus pandemic is surging — as quarantine fatigue grows. Shorter and colder days are coming, holiday celebrations increase the risk of COVID-19 exposure and post-election shock waves still are rocking the nation.
There’s a lot on everyone’s plate, USC experts agree.
“Call it the winter of discontent, but when it gets cold and dark — in addition to the social and political stresses recently and the threat of pandemic — we’re up against a lot of challenges,” said Lawrence Palinkas, professor of social work, anthropology and preventive medicine at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
It’s going to be tough, but Palinkas suggests avoiding in-person holiday gatherings that could become superspreader events. Monitor small children who may healthy but are asymptomatic and could inadvertently spread the disease to a grandparent. And make new memories and innovate holiday celebrations — use Zoom for gift exchanges, cook at home instead of going to a restaurant or downsize holiday gatherings.
“We’re going to need to remain vigilant and prepared, because this winter, the hardest part of the pandemic is yet to come,” he said.
Properly managing winter starts with your body clock
A lot of factors make this a tough time of year — starting with our internal programming.
“Our circadian clock is part of it,” said Steve Kay, director of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He notes that the circadian clock affects our metabolism, blood pressure, lung function and immune system. Winter weather — and, this year, the pandemic — keeps people indoors, making it harder to sync biological clocks.
“A key thing people need to do is go outside and get more sunshine because it’s free and good for you,” said Kay, who recommends starting the day with 30 minutes of sunlight to help reset your body clock. He’s also an advocate of abolishing daylight saving time, calling the one-hour seasonal shift bad for health and associated with accidents.
Pandemic numbers soaring as winter arrives
We’re seeing COVID-19 skyrocketing across the country, and the levels are getting out of hand. The holiday season is
By: Dick Benson
Title: The Holiday Season will be complicated amid COVID-19
Sourced From: alternativemedicine.com/the-holiday-season-will-be-complicated-amid-covid-19/
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 05:40:29 +0000