Concerns for coronavirus grow as holidays near

VIDEO: Local doctors give tips for ways to safely celebrate the holidays

TULSA, Okla. (KOKI) — Medical professionals say families need to start thinking about a plan for the holidays if they want to gather safely.

Doctors say people need to isolate and stay home for 10-14 days before they gather to ensure they are not infected with the coronavirus or carrying it asymptomatically.

This is especially important if you plan to gather with people who are more vulnerable, like the elderly, or people who are immunocompromised.

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Doctors say this will only work for families if everyone agrees to it.

Medical professionals are also warning people to stay vigilant as the weather cools.

The warmer months provided more opportunities for outdoor activities, which are safer and easier to social distance.

Doctors say the majority of their COVID patients caught it from indoor gatherings, like church, weddings, or small get-togethers.

Since the winter months are already notorious for cold and flu, doctors fear hospitals will become even more overwhelmed with patients if people aren’t careful.