5 Tips on Safe Gift-Giving in the Age of COVID

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

What Dr. Tammy Penhollow can say in an interview on
Safe Holiday Gift-Giving:

1) Shop early. If you’re planning on shipping the gift, shop early and plan ahead. Given the ongoing slowing of multiple shipping options including FedEx, UPS, and the USPS, adding 10-14 days to the estimated delivery time is important to reduce the chances that your gift package will arrive after the holiday.

2) Shop online. Consider club memberships or subscriptions. The giver can buy from the comfort and safety of their computer, does not have to wrap or ship a gift, and the recipient will receive the gift(s) throughout the subscription period. Suggestions include food and drink (wine club shipments, beer of the month club, meal delivery programs, edible arrangements, snacks/coffee/food around the world), print or digital subscriptions for books and magazines, membership dues (warehouse clubs, Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc.).

3) Evaluate in-person giving. We need to evaluate each circumstance including the risk factors of the recipient and of the giver, particularly with gift exchanges and in-person giving. The traditional Secret Santa, White Elephant, and round robin exchanges bring increased risk with multiple touches and exposures. Safer alternatives include one person drawing the names for a Secret Santa and making the gift an electronic or plastic gift card in the group’s predetermined limit amount.

4) Keep the environment in mind. Depending on where you live (and its climate and weather during the holiday season), in-person exchanges can be moved outdoors, or to larger areas with increased distance between people. Well-ventilated rooms and using readily available UVC wands over common surfaces and gifts may reduce risk. Although it will not be widespread for this holiday season, as technology responds to the pandemic, more buildings may offer “upper room” germicidal UV.

5) Consider outside alternatives. Any in-person gift giving with people outside your immediate household will be safer with everyone wearing masks, physical distance between people, and good hand hygiene including washing with soap and warm water and using hand sanitizer between washings.

 

Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, where develops individualized treatment plans for musculoskeletal and spine interventions with PRP and bone marrow aspirate using image guidance, as well as micro-needling with PRP for skin, hair and anti-aging conditions. She also stays active in teaching as an Instructor in Anesthesiology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and as a Supplemental Consultant for the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

A former active duty US Naval Officer, Dr. Penhollow has lived, practiced, and has been deployed around the US and overseas. She embodies the lifestyle she recommends to her patients and is an active hiker, gardener and yogi as well as a French trained home chef and an aspiring sommelier.

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