Tool Scores Risk of Holiday Visits in Light of COVID-19

Tool Scores Risk of Holiday Visits in Light of COVID-19

With public health organizations all but begging the public to stay home this holiday season, people are grappling with how to celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the new year safely. 

How risky is it to visit grandma for a holiday visit during this COVID-19 pandemic? 

Test the danger by using “My COVID-19 Visit Risk” (, a new online tool developed by Toronto, Can.-based Ryerson University National Institute on Ageing.  

The tool relies on scientific evidence and input from experts in infectious diseases and epidemiology and walks you through a series of questions to give you a sense of how hazardous social outings may be. Topics include age, pre-existing conditions, how you’re getting to an event, your visit length, and other participants’ health issues. 

Based on your inputs, the tool scores your risk and provides a number between 0 and 100, with 100 indicating the greatest danger. 

It also offers a refresher on who’s most at risk and ways to increase safety, including:

  • Driving yourself, rather than taking public transit to your holiday destination
  • Organizing outdoor visits 
  • Avoiding visits to long-term care, nursing, and retirement facilities


For advice on keeping your home happy and healthy all winter, contact a REALTOR® with the SRES designation.