The Department of Health and the medical community appealed to people to drop plans to visit family and friends ahead of the holidays, warning the coronavirus has an incubation period of 14 days so there is a possibility of a spike in new infections during Christmas week.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque urged the public to limit celebrations to immediate family members. Duque said, “Please do not invite other relatives who would come from other places because we can’t be sure if they are free from COVID-19.”
The Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 made a similar appeal, saying people attending large indoor gatherings where there is poor ventilation are at higher risk of catching the virus.
Dr. Antonio Dans of the alliance said those who get together should opt for outdoor venues where air circulates better, observe the one-meter distancing rule, and wear masks and face shields. Ideally interaction should be less than 30 minutes.