Munich. Before visiting relatives for Christmas, a few days of self-isolation is better than nothing. The Munich infectiologist Prof. Clemens Wendtner emphasizes this. Every day more brings more security and reduces the risk of infection. This is especially important if you want to see the elderly or people with previous illnesses. These have a higher risk of severe Covid-19 courses.
Trust your gut feeling – and not celebrate out of “pure traditional pressure”
Wendtner also advises that you should listen to yourself before leaving: am I okay or am I feeling weird? Cough, high temperature, headache, diarrhea, and problems with smelling and tasting are warning signs. Those who feel sick should do without. Ultimately, everyone should trust their gut feeling and not celebrate with parents or grandma and grandpa out of “pure traditional pressure”, emphasizes the head physician of the Infectious Disease Department at Munich Clinic Schwabing.
Avoid hugs and ventilate regularly in closed rooms
Consistent self-isolation for as long as possible before the Christmas meeting is also important because it is difficult to constantly wear a mask and keep a distance of 1.5 meters when being together in the room, explains the doctor. Otherwise, keep the group of those present as small as possible not only because of the applicable rules, but also out of pure reason. It is better to avoid hugs, wash your hands thoroughly and, above all, ventilate the closed rooms again and again.