Time spent with grandparents is emotionally and socially beneficial for everyone, but that could be risky this year, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported.READ MORE: Pressure Builds On President Biden's Administration To Loosen International Travel Ban Into The Country
Studies show young children can shed lots of coronavirus, even when they don’t have any symptoms. Plus, most grandparents are elderly, the age group most likely to get seriously ill – and even die – from COVID-19.
Social media is full of examples of the lengths families will go to reunite grandparents and grandkids, while still trying to be safe: everything from hazmat-like suits to plastic sheets.
Still, public health experts say to proceed with caution.
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“Do we have any symptoms suggestive of coronavirus? And if we do, it would be important to have ourselves checked and also be very judicious about waiting so that the symptoms are not with us for a good period of time,” said Dr. Ardeshir Hashmi of the Cleveland Clinic.READ MORE: Authorities Announce Major Gang Crackdown In Queens, With 28 Arrests
Wait until you’re symptom-free for at least 14 days. If older grandparents have underlying health issues like diabetes, obesity, heart or lung disease, cancer or if they’re taking medications that suppress the immune system, it’s best to try a different kind of visit — like having visitors stand outside on the porch and keep grandparents safe behind a closed door or window.
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It’s not as satisfying, but staying behind a barrier is more protective.
Dr. Hashmi said outdoor visits are best. If you must be indoors, open a window or run a fan to disperse any virus. Of course, wear masks and try to maintain social distancing.
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