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Tis the season for gift giving! One of the best parts of the holidays is giving and receiving gifts. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic it’s important that you take health and safety precautions when doing holiday shopping. I’ve compiled a short list of shopping and gift suggestions to help keep you and your family safe.

1. Buy as many gifts as possible online.

Purchasing gifts online in the safety of your home is one of the best forms of social distancing. Stores are often crowded and the more people you are around the greater your chances of being exposed to the Coronavirus.

2. Give gift cards.

If you aren’t sure what to give gifts cards are a great option and you can purchase many of those online as well. This eliminates the need to go shopping to find that special gift.

3. If you have to go to the stores and shopping centers shop early and on days and times when less people may be in the store.

You should be doing your in-store holiday shopping right now and consider going on weekdays in the morning when less people are likely to be there. Also, if you go when the store first opens it will probably be at its cleanest because they have more than likely sanitized the store the night before after closing or early that morning.

4. Wear a mask and practice social distancing is stores.

Always wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when out in public and only go to stores where wearing a mask is enforced. When standing in line to check out be sure to stand six feet apart from the person in front of you and behind you. Check out Health Gear Now for some great deals on masks, face shields and more!! Use this link for an extra 5% off:

5. Mail or drop off gifts rather than give them in person.

This may be the best option when giving gifts to individuals who do not live in your household. If you want to see their expression when they open it ask the recipient to video chat with you when they do. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are considered high-risk for catching the Coronavirus so the less people they are around the better.

I hope you found these suggestions useful as you find ways to spread some holiday cheer this season. I ask that you consider giving the gift of good health by purchasing someone you love a membership to

Our telemedicine membership provides access to caring board-certified physicians in their area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone, video, or email. Individuals can easily request a virtual consultation for treating conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, sinus problems, respiratory infections, allergies, some STDs, urinary tract infections, and many other non-emergency illnesses. Mental health services are also available and one membership can be used by up to seven people in the household. Visit our website to learn more.

Happy Holidays!


Dorsha James, MD, is a 15-year veteran emergency medicine physician in the Nashville, TN area. She now serves as the CEO and chief medical officer for her company myURGENCYMD. myURGENCYMD is a national telemedicine company that provides members with access to 24-hour, seven-day-a-week virtual consultations with a board-certified physician to discuss non-emergency conditions. She enjoys empowering patients by helping them understand how to properly utilize the many avenues for the treatment of medical conditions to obtain optimal health. To learn more about the company, visit


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