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Home for the holidays means stay home for the holidays this year

Scott Robert Shaw

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Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It typically involves gathering with family, enjoying a good dinner, but without the pressure of buying the perfect present. But of course, this is 2020, and experts are warning of the dangers of getting together even  with family and close friends. The CDC, departments of Consumer Protection, along with governors and mayors are urging people to stay home this Thanksgiving to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. That gives “home for the holidays” new meaning. That is tough news to take, but we would be wise to follow their advice. The positive tests continue at record levels, hospital space is tight, and staff shortages are becoming common at our hospitals, quickly becoming overrun. We are told that the most common transmission of the virus of late has been happening not in large public gatherings, but small groups, like having friends over or even carpooling. Some politicians have mocked the advice of our health experts, and we wish things were different. But we remain in the midst of a pandemic. I am saddened my elderly mother or my out-of-town children won’t be joining us at the Thanksgiving table this year, but we know that is the safest decision. Some will celebrate virtually, checking in with loved ones online. That may make it difficult for them to pass the gravy, but look on the bright side. More leftovers!

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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