December 18, 2020

Planning to Travel This Christmas? Here's What You Need to Know (Watch VIDEO)

It is now that time of year when we celebrate or travel to celebrate with family and friends. If you are planning to travel this Christmas season, then you need to play by the rules of the book that has been tested all year round in 2020. Read on and watch the video below...

This year, a couple of ground rules have kept us safe all through. So, during this festive season, obey the rules of that playbook, and don't be a holiday COVID-19 super spreader!

The World Health Organization and YouTube have partnered on an inviting and humorous public service announcement (PSA) to help battle COVID-19 fatigue as we head into the holiday season. After nine months of physical distancing, lockdowns and other preventative measures, the video below reminds all of us, its viewers, to stay vigilant and continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus as people in many parts of the world head into the holiday season.

New PSA campaign from WHO and YouTube is a playbook for a safe holiday season

Voiced by actor and comedian Jon Glaser (Parks and Rec, Bob’s Burgers, Girls) the short animated video reinforces the WHO’s recommendations that viewers should stay home when possible, wear a mask if they need to go out, wash their hands and stay away from others when in public.

The PSA also gives advice for how to tackle some of the common holiday activities that could lead to further spread of COVID-19, including travel (think twice!), large gatherings (turn around and head home!) and visiting with high-risk relatives (try a video call!).

See also the different but related separate articles, What are Asymptomatic and Mild COVID-19?, What are Moderate, Severe and Critical COVID-19?, and also WHO Urges Vigilance Using Mr Bean’s Essential COVID-19 Checklist (VIDEO).

In summary, WHO recommends that people stay home during the holiday season and avoid non-essential travel if possible. If you absolutely must travel, follow the guidance to minimize the risk of infection.

The PSA is available on YouTube starting today (17/12/2020) and will be promoted through early January as a pre-roll ad, in features on the YouTube homepage, and in posts from YouTube’s social media handles.

The above article is reproduced from material entitled 'New PSA campaign from WHO and YouTube is a playbook for a safe holiday season' by the World Health Organization. Retrieved 18.12.2020. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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