Should you visit your mom for Mother's Day amid coronavirus pandemic?

Posted at 9:57 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 11:56:35-04

Mother's Day is coming up on May 10, but with the coronavirus pandemic, the holiday will look a little different this year.

A local doctor gives you tips on how to stay safe if you’re considering traveling for this Mothers Day weekend.

Video calls and flower deliveries may have to suffice for this year’s Mother’s day holiday, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to persuade people to stay home.

Traveling to a nearby city to visit loved ones could put both you and family members at risk, according to Dr. Jaime Fergie, Director of Infectious Diseases at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

“You love your mother and grandmother but nobody should go visit her if he or she has fever, runny nose, cough , congestion, muscle aches and pains, anything that is not perfect don’t go and visit her,” said Fergie.

You can contract and spread the virus without knowing it, which is why physical distancing measures are so important.

But, If you have to travel, Fergie says going in your own car with the family members you already live with will reduce your exposure to germs, more so than taking a bus or plane.

“You’re in contact with only with your people that your in contact with all the time,” said Fergie.

And, if you’re visiting a different city, avoid public spaces like supermarkets and malls if you can.

“Other areas in South Texas, close to the border, Dallas and Houston, your risk is higher there,” said Fergie.

Try keeping your mother’s day gathering to a minimum.

“Something small, it should not be a big gathering of people,” said Fergie. “Wear a mask, for the protection of your mother, just in case you are transmitting the virus without knowing”

Spending Mother's Day away from your mom does not mean you can't celebrate at all. You can host a virtual brunch or party and you can still send your mom flowers if you can find a local shop that is open.

Dr. Fergie also says try washing your hands multiple times a day for 20 seconds while out and about. If that’s not possible, try to have hand sanitizer on hand as you travel.