Opinion | Thanksgiving is a lost cause. If we don't get serious now, Christmas will be, too.

Opinion | Dr. Esther Choo: Thanksgiving amid Covid-19 may doom Christmas — but there's light at the end of the tunnel. - @NBCNewsTHINK

11/25/2020 10:31:00 PM

Opinion | Dr. Esther Choo: Thanksgiving amid Covid-19 may doom Christmas — but there's light at the end of the tunnel. - NBCNewsTHINK

We've almost certainly already set in motion a trend that will negatively affect our ability to celebrate winter holidays. But it's not too late to commit to one last containment push.

in the coming week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.Psychologically, we need to tap into the understanding that all of us, acting together, can do what no one person can do. Participating in social contracts is how we make society work; it's also an unspoken connection with one another. When we obey traffic lights and stand in orderly lines at the store or avoid setting campfires in the woods in a dry summer, we are signaling our regard for our neighbor and participating in the mass shared responsibility for keeping society operational and safe. Our social contract in this moment encompasses actions that lower virus transmission.

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My children have been modeling another attribute we all might emulate: their adaptability around norms. They grab masks from a basket on their way out the door almost without thinking and rarely need reminders to keep them on in stores or among others indoors. The masks have become part of their normal. We can look to our children for a certain casual, shrug-your-shoulders, what's-the-big-deal approach to simple behavior changes.

We must consider our options using a future-oriented frame — activity restrictions now are solid investments in expanded activities later.We also must consider our options using a future-oriented frame — activity restrictions now are solid investments in expanded activities later. We can and do sustain some illness-avoidance behaviors for incredibly forward-thinking gains. My mother-in-law's early heart attack precipitated my husband's behavioral change for more than three decades. Day after day after day, he takes cholesterol-lowering medications to stave off an event with much less immediate danger than the coronavirus. headtopics.com

Unlike a diet, medications or exercise, though, Covid-19 containment behaviors require painstaking consistency. If you reach your exercise goal for the week, you can take a well-deserved day off. But complying with Covid-19 restrictions doesn't earn you a break or a"cheat" day. That may be why people follow school and work distancing rules but then

; after long days and weeks of sustained distancing, relaxing such restrictions may feel like a well-earned treat. Read more: NBC News »

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KCookKGW THINK Kgw reporter D. Mann just wrote about the number of Covid deaths. Never mentioned the over 29,000 deaths in Or from Jan. to Sept. Are they not as important or preventable.... with better healthcare, medicine or just recognition. Who will stand up to it... kgw or D. Mann? THINK All excellent points. There‘ll be people wishing Merry Christmas to loved ones in the ICU and funerals being planned for the New Year. This pandemic has exposed selfishness is some and selflessness in others.

THINK Thanksgiving is still on. PaHouseDems THINK Heck. No. We're having Thanksgiving. We're having Christmas. THINK THINK Shut up