Christmas, feast of all dangers? For Professor Karine Lacombe, head of the infectious diseases department at Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris, the current increase in covid-19 contamination is mainly linked to family reunions. December 23 on BFMTV, the specialist even anticipated a rebound “inevitable“hospitalizations after the holidays.

So to avoid the worst and have a friendly and responsible Christmas Eve, here are our five tips.

1-This year, cook in masks

If you are in the kitchen this year, wash your hands thoroughly before touching food and keep your mask on while preparing the meal. Also, refrain from tasting the dishes you have prepared.

Before setting the table, wash your hands again and once the dishes have been laid, do not touch them any more.

2-Keep the mask between each course

Inside, everyone wears their mask before the meal, after the meal, between each course and during the opening of the gifts, to reduce as much as possible the risk of splashing droplets.

Avoid singing or speaking loudly, behaviors that increase the number of droplets thrown into the air.

3-At the aperitif, each his share

Everyone thinks to wash their hands when arriving and before sitting down to eat. And for the aperitif, choose individual portions and peaks to prevent everyone from picking from the same dish.

Also remember to provide markers so as not to mix the glasses.

4-At the table too, keep your distance

The advice this year is not to exceed six adults at the table. Space the chairs to put a distance of at least one meter between the guests. Ideally, if the table is large enough, choose a diagonal arrangement to prevent two people from facing each other.

For the seating plan, consider grouping the generations: on the one hand the youngest, on the other the oldest, who are also the most vulnerable.

5-Air 10 minutes every hour

Before the guests arrive, ventilate the room where the festivities will take place.

Then open the windows fully again for at least 10 minutes every hour. This simple gesture reduces the number of particles suspended in the air and therefore limits the risk of contamination.