Presbyterian | Your Story | Centennial Care | Winter 2020

Presbyterian Health Plan, Inc. P.O. Box 27489 Albuquerque, NM 87125-7489 Important plan information CC Standard U.S. Postage PAID Presbyterian Health Plan INSIDE What is a critical incident? 5 Lose weight, lower stress 9 Your story Winter 2020 En español: Si usted desea obtener este boletín en español, llame al (505) 923-5200 o al 1-888-977-2333. It’s the holidays, and COVID-19 is still a presence in the U.S. What does that mean for holiday celebrations? Some parties may need to be called off. And what about family gatherings—especially large ones? These may look very different from years past, if they happen at all. Still, you can enjoy the holidays while doing everything you can to stay safe from the virus. Here are some suggestions. Wear masks. Ask everyone to wear a mask when gathering indoors and when outdoors if social distancing isn’t possible. Avoid close contact. No matter how happy people are to see each other, discourage hugs and handshakes. Verbal hellos, bowing, and waving are all OK. Hold a series of small gatherings. If your big family typically gets together on one day, could smaller groups get together over the course of several days? Weather permitting, dine outdoors. There’s less risk of virus spread when gathering outside. So take the party into the backyard if you can. Skip the buffet. Assign people to be servers. It’s less risky than letting everyone serve themselves. Arrange tables and chairs to accommodate social distancing. Group people from the same household together at smaller tables set 6 feet apart. Have a video celebration. Instead of gathering in person, gather virtually using a video chat app. Tap into teens’ technology skills. Speaking of video celebrations, many teens are masters at using technology. They can teach less-savvy adults how to connect via video apps. Also ask your teens for help hosting a game or movie night. Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Have a happy holiday even with COVID-19