Keep Up Social Distancing, Especially During the Spring Holidays
Keep up social distancing, especially during the spring holidays.
This week marks the start of Passover, and Easter Sunday is just days away. Both holidays are traditionally celebrated, in part, at large family gatherings, and church attendance is a common ritual for those who celebrate Easter. This year, however, COVID-19 has redefined how we connect with friends, neighbors and family members.
To continue limiting the spread of the virus, UW Health strongly recommends that people spend the coming days connecting with their loved ones using virtual techniques such as Zoom or FaceTime. Numerous churches are holding Easter services online, while many Jewish families will conduct a virtual Passover seder.
Social distancing – staying at least six feet from others, washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your face – is the best way to limit the spread of the virus and the rate of growth of COVID-19 cases.
As Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said earlier this week, "What we have been doing has been working." In many areas of the country, the "curve" is starting to flatten, meaning that the growth rate in cases and deaths is beginning to slow. The only way to ensure that this continues is to keep up the same social distancing practices we have come to know so well during the past few weeks.
Below are a few frequently asked questions and answers regarding the holidays, interaction between children and grandparents, and shared custody.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it OK to let my kids attend an Easter egg hunt?
A: A typical neighborhood-style Easter egg hunt should be avoided this year. Egg hunts limited to a single family unit would be far safer. Also, several video egg hunts are available online through a quick Google search.
Q: Is it OK to let my kids play with other kids outside if they stay six feet away, such as going on a bike ride or playing hide and seek in the yard?
A: We do not recommend that children should interact with kids outside of their own family unit during this time of social distancing.
Q: I am an essential worker who relies on grandparents (who live outside of our home) for childcare. Is this OK? How do we keep everyone safe?
A: We understand that many have no choice but to rely on grandparents for childcare. Because older people are more susceptible to COVID-19 (and young children can easily spread germs), it is better to rely on younger family members to provide childcare if at all possible. Knowing that older people are more likely to stay healthy staying isolated is hard to accept, but it is the best way to keep them safe.
Q: We are a two-household family, in which parents have shared custody of the children. Is it OK for our children to go back and forth between the households and keep everyone safe?
A: Sharing custody of children is probably safe, providing that both households are completely healthy. If, however, a child shows any symptoms that could be COVID-19 related (cough, fever, shortness of breath), the child should, if possible, stay in the household where the symptoms started. Transferring the child will put members of the other household at greater risk of picking up the virus.
Date Published: 04/09/2020