Fall Season & Virus Season: How to Safely Celebrate Colder Weather

Published: Monday, October 19, 2020

The fall season is finally here, and it’s exciting! It is essential to remember that with the colder weather comes the peak of virus season, including COVID-19, flu, the common cold, and more. Here is how you can safely celebrate the emergence of fall weather while also preventing the spread of viruses. 

Tips for Celebrating 

  • Enjoy the weather and stay outdoors! The CDC recommends celebrating outside rather than inside to decrease the spread of sickness. If the weather does not permit an outdoor event, open windows to improve ventilation in enclosed spaces.  
  • Stay in small groups of people. Avoid hosting or attending events with large crowds, and as always, practice social distancing.  
  • Get your flu vaccine! This is essential in protecting your health during peak virus season. It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older receive the flu shot before the end of October. Don’t take the risk, get your flu shot early! 

Celebrate at home 

There are so many fall traditions you and your family can partake in the comfort of your own home. Staying home with the people you are exposed to every day keeps viruses out of the house and good health inside. Below are at-home fall activities to do with your family over the coming weeks: 

  • Carve jack-o-lanterns 
  • Bake apple pie/cobbler 
  • Have a driveway tailgate for weekend football 
  • Roast pumpkin seeds 
  • Build a campfire and make smores 
  • Camp out in the backyard 
  • Drink hot apple cider 
  • Host a virtual costume contest 
  • Jump into a pile of leaves 
  • Have a fall-colored photoshoot 

Enjoy these fun ways to celebrate the fall season and remember to do your part in preventing the spread of viruses. For information about flu vaccines in your area, visit www.nghs.com/flu .