Grandparents Day 2020: 5 tips for a safe grandparent-grandchild visit
Updated 1246 GMT (2046 HKT) September 13, 2020
We know you're itching to see your grandkids after spending the last few weeks in isolation. But a visit with family may not be the safest idea at the moment.
Staying home is the best way to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But if your heart is set on a playdate, there are ways to make your visit safer.
Please remember, though, that there's risk involved with seeing your grandchildren even if you can resist giving them a hug.
1. Please consider the risk
We talked to Dr. Samir Sinha. He's the director of Geriatrics for the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto. And this is what he says:
Until there's a vaccine, the most vulnerable people should continue to stay home if they can. That includes grandparents over 60 like you and people with chronic illnesses.
You see, people in those categories are more likely to become severely ill if they contract the coronavirus. We don't want that to be you.
"I think the pandemic has been really hard for everybody, but social isolation is a particular issue for older adults," he says. "One of the greatest joys for older people is seeing younger people in their lives and having intergenerational connections."
It's a tricky balance, we know.
On one hand, meaningful connections are hugely important -- they can enrich and even prolong your life. But seeing a loved one means you'll interact with people you haven't see