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How to stay safe this Christmas

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With just under half of all Missouri residents fully vaccinated and the omicron variant on the rise, many families are weighing the pros and cons of gathering for the holidays. And drummer Ryan Pope reflects on two years of canceled performances and postponed tours with his band, The Get Up Kids.

With the rise of a new coronavirus variant and just over half of Missouri residents fully vaccinated, some families are struggling to decide whether it’s safe to gather for the Christmas holiday. St. Louis Public Radio’s Shahla Farzan spoke with Washington University infectious disease specialist Dr. Steven Lawrence about ways to reduce the chances of getting COVID-19.

Ryan Pope, drummer for the Kansas City rock band The Get Up Kids, says he's grateful to be playing live shows again but cautious about how COVID-19 will affect next year's tour.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love with Trevor Grandin and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.