Home for the holidays? Axios Charlotte readers are split

Home for the holidays? Axios Charlotte readers are split
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As coronavirus cases continue to rise, the holiday season raises concerns of exacerbating the spike due to family gatherings.

Survey says: We asked over 3,000 Axios Charlotte readers if they plan to gather this holiday season with people beyond their immediate household, and the responses were almost evenly split.

  • 43.5 percent of readers said they plan to host or attend gatherings.
  • 46.6 percent said they will not be gathering with individuals outside their household.
  • 9.9 percent said they aren’t sure what they’re doing yet.

CDC says: The CDC and state officials say that the safest way to celebrate the holidays is by staying home with your immediate household. Governor Roy Cooper asked all North Carolina residents to stay home for the holidays on Tuesday. “We’re just seeing the Thanksgiving Covid-19 spike over the last few days, and the Christmas holidays could be even worse,” he said.


Are you planning to gather this holiday season with people beyond your immediate household?

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Creative gatherings: For those who are gathering, the state recommends getting tested beforehand, wearing your mask, and gathering outside. Some of our survey respondents are getting creative with their gatherings this year — from a “Zoom-mas” to a socially distant gift exchange.

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  • A majority of people said they’ll be getting tested beforehand and/or quarantining two weeks before the gathering.
  • Many said they’re only gathering with immediate family or gathering with a small group outside.
  • Other Covid-friendly ideas include hosting a socially distanced gift exchange with masks; mailing gifts and sending extra holiday cards; and resorting to a “Zoom-mas” a.k.a. Christmas over Zoom.
  • Some said they’re driving to their destinations this year instead of flying.

My thought bubble: It’s easy to let your guard down around family members and friends. But now more than ever, health experts say we need to be vigilant by social distancing, wearing a mask, and limiting contact with those outside your immediate household.


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