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How Does COVID Impact Thanksgiving Safety And Holiday Stress For Families?

Medical and parenting experts discuss the state of COVID and what that means for holiday safety and parenting during the pandemic holidays.


Francis Garcia, left, leads her sisters Anna Garcia, center, and Olga Garcia in prayer at an afternoon family meal Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in the family home in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. On any other Thanksgiving, dozens of Olga’s family members would squeeze into her home for the holiday. But this year, she’ll deliver food to family spread along 30 miles of the North Cascades Highway in Washington state. If the plan works, everyone will sit down to eat in their own homes at precisely 6:30 p.m. and join a group phone call.


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With the holidays coming up, we need to be prepared.

That might mean canceling or changing plans, or maybe getting tested, given the concerning rise in COVID cases in the Houston area and around the country.

We want to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. And along with our physical health is our mental health.

With that in mind, we cover both COVID and parenting in this episode.

The pandemic has certainly impacted parents and children, and it will change the way we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families next week.

Are you a parent having trouble communicating with your child? Worried about family holiday stress? What about guidelines for building a "holiday bubble" for a safe Thanksgiving gathering?

Today, we get an update on the state of COVID and holiday safety, plus parenting tips to help families during the pandemic holiday season and beyond.

Guests are:

Dr. James McDeavitt:

  • Senior VP and Dean of Clinical Affairs, Baylor College of Medicine
  • author of COVID-19 Updates – blog posts covering various COVID topics

Susan G. Groner:

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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