How the Holidays This Year Will Be Affected by COVID-19

During COVID-19 most people have been socially distancing from older relatives and people out of their quarantine circle, but during the holidays staying six feet apart or connecting online can be hard.

According to a survey conducted by Puma Prints, more than half of students are going to be seeing their family online this year, and according to the CDC, this is the right way to go. Unless you quarantine for two weeks before and after, the CDC says its not 100% safe to see older relatives, and that’s a lot to ask if dinner is all you’re planning on doing with family.

How are you spending your winter break?

  • With family/friends in-person (50%, 1 Votes)
  • With family/friends online (50%, 1 Votes)
  • At home/no plans (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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For most people the holidays is a time to de-stress and relax but with all the added stress that comes with a global pandemic that could change.

“There’s gonna be more stress to de-” middle school science teacher Tom Strouse said.

Strouse will be connecting with family over Zoom and thinks that winter break will still be peaceful.

On the other hand seventh grader Jordan Woogerd disagrees. She thinks that people will stay at a steady level of stress.

“Harder to be less stressed if there’s that much to be stressed about,” Woogerd said regarding COVID-19 and the amount of stress it puts on average people.

As coronavirus continues to worsen people get tired of socially distancing themselves from loved ones and choose to add more people to their quarantine circle. When that happens it becomes more dangerous to meet with older and more vulnerable family members

“We’re not going to get to see all our family members,” sixth grader Harper Soffel said. “I usually get to have a fun Christmas but nope.”

There are many ways to connect. Seventh grader Michelle Shlizerman has had difficulties with not seeing family members in person often for years.

“Online, mostly because my family lives in a different country,” Shlizerman said when talking about seeing her family members this year. “I wish i could see my family members more, but it’s not possible right now.”